Election Officials Wanted
You can apply online. If you have any questions, please contact the Auditor's Office at (515) 382-7210.
Would you like to earn some extra money? When there is an election in Story County, we need people to staff the polling places. We are always looking for individuals who would be interested in being election officials.
- Registered to vote in Story County
- Not be an opposed candidate or closely related to any opposed candidate on the ballot
- Have energy and stamina
- Have good reading and listening skills and legible handwriting
- Enjoy people and service to others
- Willing to attend a training
- Willing to accept a small payment for a BIG service
Iowa state law requires each election official to be a registered voter. You must also be a resident of Story County. Election officials are typically registered with a party but this is not a requirement, except in the case of precinct chairpersons.
Qualified high school students may also be appointed as election officials. To qualify, you must be a US citizen of 17 or older, enrolled full-time in high school, and have the written permission of both your principal and your parent/legal guardian. For more information, please contact the Auditor's Office.
Election officials attend a school of instruction before each election which usually lasts two to three hours. These sessions are normally held the week prior to the election. Additional training is available.
On election day, election officials arrive at a polling place about an hour before the polls open and remain at the polling place for about an hour after the polls close. There are at least three election officials at every polling place. The election workday ranges from 10 to 16 hours depending on the election. In some instances, there is also the option of working a half-day.
What Does an Election Official Do?
- Set up the polling place before the polls open
- Set up the voting equipment
- Check that voters are qualified to vote
- Instruct voter how to properly use the voting equipment
- Close the polling place
- Report the votes electronically after the polls close
- Complete paperwork and clean up polling area
Election officials are paid $10.00/hour for their work at the polls and for time spent at the school of instruction. Election officials who chair polling places are paid $10.50/hour. Mileage is also paid at 50 cents per mile when travel exceeds five miles. Use of personal cell phones for election business on Election Day is reimbursable.
When are Elections Held?
Elections in Iowa are always held on a Tuesday.
- SCHOOL/CITY elections (combined starting in 2019) are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
- PARTISAN PRIMARY elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.
- GENERAL elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.
SPECIAL elections may be called on certain dates during the year and are held on a Tuesday. Vacancy elections may be held on any eligible Tuesday.
Upcoming Scheduled Elections
November 5: City/School Election
December 3: Ames City runoff (if necessary)
June 2: Primary Election
November 3: General Election