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How To Become A Poll Official

Fair and honest elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. Our system of self-government depends upon citizens' faith in the election system. We cannot do it without your help! Click here for more information about how to be a poll official. 

Serving as a poll official is rewarding and fun - apply today!

Watch this video to learn how to become a poll official and get involved in the election process in Bernalillo County.

Watch this video regarding poll worker interactions with deaf or hard-of-hearing voters.

Who Can Apply?

  • Registered voters in Bernalillo County*
  • Cannot be a candidate or related to any candidate currently on the ballot
  • Cannot be employed by law enforcement
  • Must be mentally and physically able to perform the assigned duties

Benefits

  • Put patriotism into action and serve our community in an important position of trust
  • Meet and work with interesting people in the community
  • Break out of the everyday routine, and
  • Earn a little cash!

Responsibilities

Election Day: Poll Officials must report to duty at 6 a.m. and will work until all duties are performed.

Training

Poll Officials must attend a four- to eight-hour training session prior to the election to ensure a thorough understanding of the election process, maintaining the integrity of the election, and respective roles as a poll official.

Compensation

Poll Officials are paid for their service, including training. A flat rate is paid to those who work Election Day.

Online Application

An online application program is now available to apply as a Poll Official. Communication to applicants will be through e-mail or text messaging to schedule skills assessments, coordinate training, and to hire qualified poll officials. The process is easy, and enables the Bureau of Elections to better serve our constituents in an efficient and innovate way. Training resources, videos and communication tools are also available electronically and assure ready and knowledgeable poll officials for service during early voting and election day.

Click here to apply today!

*Student Election Clerks 16 or 17 years of age are eligible to participate.

Student Election Clerk Program

New Mexico state law allows qualified high school juniors and seniors who are 16 or 17 years old to serve as Student Election Clerks. Space is limited, so apply today!

Serving as a Student Election Clerk is rewarding and fun!

Who Can Apply?

  • Students must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years of age
  • Must have written permission from parent(s) or legal guardian, unless emancipated. A consent form is available online and can be returned by fax or email.
  • Students cannot be related to any candidate currently on the ballot.

Benefits

  • Gain real-life work experience, which may apply for a special project in government or a civics class, or on college admission applications.
  • Fulfill an important civic duty
  • Meet and work with interesting people in the community
  • Break out of the classroom routine, and
  • Earn a little extra cash!

Election Day Responsibilities

Student Election Clerks must report to duty at 6 a.m. and work until all duties are performed. They assist with the opening and closing of the polling place, and help check-in voters.

Training

Student Election Clerks are required to attend a mandatory training prior to the election and are paid $35 after the election. Training helps ensure a thorough understanding of the election process, maintaining the integrity of the election, and the role of Student Election Clerk. Training is offered evenings and weekends.

Online Application

We've gone to an online application program to apply as a Student Election Clerk. Communication to students will be through email or text messaging to schedule skills assessments, coordinate training, and to hire qualified Student Election Clerks. The application process is easy, and enables the Bureau of Elections to better serve our constituents in an efficient and innovative way. Training resources, videos and communication tools assure ready and knowledgeable Student Election Clerks for election day. Apply today!

Poll Official Training Videos

Opening Polls for Early Voting and Election Day

Routine Voter Transactions

Issuing Provisional Ballots

Issuing In-Lieu-Of Absentee Ballots

Spoiling a Ballot

Assisting ​Voters with Disabilities

Preventing Illegal Electioneering and Campaigning

Closing the Polls for Early Voting

Closing the Polls on Election Day

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  • Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Administrator for Bernalillo County will hold a hearing in the City/County Building, One Civic Plaza, NW, Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Basement Level, Room B2125 on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
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    City/County Building, One Civic Plaza, NW, Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Basement Level, Room B2125

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