Monroe County Government
Election Central

401 W 7th St Ste 100
Bloomington, IN

To work the polls in Monroe County, you must:
  • Be a registered voter of Monroe County.
  • Attend training provided by the Election Board.
  • Work as an Inspector, Judge, or Clerk.
  • Have access to transportation.

If interested in working the polls, please contact the 
correct party recruiter:

Orion Saft
Pam Samples
Poll Worker Positions


The Inspector is the 'boss' of the precinct. Responsibilities include ensuring the polling place location opens and closes on time, checking a voter's ID, issuing challenges and overseeing the accounting of ballots. Inspectors must arrive at the polling location by 5 AM in order to open the site with the precinct election board by 6 AM and work the entire day. Polls close in Indiana at 6 PM, though poll workers generally have about an hour’s worth of work to complete before returning their materials to Election Central. In addition to these responsibilities, all Inspectors must attend at least one training session, pick up their Election Day materials the Saturday before Election Day, and oversee the polling location set-up on Monday evening before Election Day. Inspectors must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter of Monroe County. This position earns $165 plus $35 for training.**


At the polling location, Inspectors are supported by a bi-partisan team of Judges and Clerks. A Judge checks a voter's ID, issues challenges, assists voters with disabilities and aids with the accounting of ballots. Clerks greet voters, process voters in the e-poll book, and provide ballots to voters. Training is available to all poll workers. Judges and Clerks can work a full day (5 AM to about 7 PM) or a half day (5 AM to 1 PM; 1 PM to about 7 PM). Generally, Judges and Clerks must be a registered voter in Monroe County. However, Indiana law does permit high school students that are 16 or 17 years old to serve as a Judge or Clerk on Election Day through its student poll worker program. These positions earn $135 plus $35 for Judges training & $14 for Clerk training.**


The student poll worker program requires a student to be at least 16 or 17 years old,  have permission from their parent/guardian AND their school as well as a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent). Many area high schools coordinate poll worker efforts, so your student may want to check with their government teacher or school principal before contacting our office. Students are expected to serve in the same manner as their adult counterparts (attend training and work specified hours) Students can earn $135.00 for the day + $14.00 for training.**

** Training is required for ALL poll workers.
Meal Planning for Poll Workers
Meals are on your own, and you will receive a separate check in the amount of $25.00 for any costs you may incur to eat on Election Day.

Most Polling locations will get together and bring a dish to share with others, making for a delightful eating experience.  If you have a special diet, you can opt out of sharing with others and bring your own food that meets your dietary restrictions.