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Precinct Election Officials

Precinct Election Officials

As a Precinct Election Official (PEO), you will be a key factor in how our citizens regard elections and it will be your job to ensure who is eligible and wants to vote is given the opportunity.


PEO are paid $250.00 per election day. Chairpersons are paid $325.00 per election day. All officials are also paid $25.00 for attending training prior to the election. Mileage is paid for actual expenses to and from the school of instruction and to and from the polling place, if over 5 miles. Mileage reimbursement is based on the current federal rate. If you are chosen to work, you will need to provide a social security number to receive payment.

Requirements for serving as a PEO

  • Must be a registered voter in Benton County
  • Typically must be affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Party due to shared representation at polling locations. However Libertarian or No Party voters may also work.
  • Must not be a current candidate or closely related to any opposed candidate on the ballot.
  • Must provide your own transportation to and from the polls
  • Must be willing to work long hours (typically 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
  • Must be willing to attend training prior to working an election
  • Enjoy people and service to others
  • Able to work as a Team Member and follow election laws

What does a PEO do?

  • Assists in setting up the polling place before the polls open on election day
  • Operates a computer program to process voters, distributes ballots, and assists voters when needed
  • Helps maintain an orderly process at the precinct and ensures compliance of voting laws
  • Assists in tabulating and reporting election results
  • Assists in tearing down the precinct after the polls close on election day

How am I notified about working the Election?

You will receive notification by mail before each election. You may not be called for every election, since there are several workers per party in each precinct and we rotate workers between elections. You may decline to work an election for which you are unavailable.

As a member of the Election Official Board, you may be called upon to work in any election that may be held in the county. You will most likely be called to work in your own precinct, but you may be asked to work at another precinct if needed elsewhere.


If interested in being a Precinct Election Official please contact the Auditor's Office at (319) 472-2365.