Poll workers are paid election officials who staff local polling places to carry out assigned Election Day procedures. Their work begins before the election, as each worker is required to undergo training to carry out these tasks. Election workers are essential to the democratic process and ensure that the rights of each and every eligible voter are protected. To apply to be a poll worker, please click the link above and complete and submit the form to the Probate Office.
- Must be a registered voter in the State of Alabama.
- Must be registered to vote in Shelby County.
- Must attend a mandatory poll worker training. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
- Cannot be a member of a candidate’s immediate family or the second degree of kinship, and cannot be a member of a candidate’s political committee.
Student Poll Workers
Student Poll workers are trained interns that work alongside poll workers as unpaid poll worker interns at local polling places on Election Day.
- Students must be recommended by a principal, other school official, or the individual responsible for the student’s home instruction program.
- Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election. High school students must be classified as a junior or senior or the equivalent.
- Students must be enrolled in a public high school, an accredited private high school, home instruction program, or two-year or four-year higher education institution.
- Students must be residents of the county or municipality for which the appointment is made.
- Before performing any duties, student interns shall attend all required training for poll workers of the county or municipality and any additional training considered necessary by the officials in charge of the election in the county or municipality.
- A student intern who works four or more hours in a day during school hours on the day of an election or any day of training shall be entitled to an excused absence from school.