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Poll Worker Tracker

Each election, thousands of Ohioans dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy—our election process. Poll workers are essential to ensuring that our elections are fair, and in doing so, maintain the traditions of our past and our hope for the future.

In an effort to continue providing voters with unprecedented levels of transparency, Secretary LaRose is providing Ohioans with weekly poll worker updates as reported by the 88 county boards of elections. This is the first time such information has been collected from the counties prior to an election. Below you will find a breakdown of poll workers required by each county as determined by each county board of elections.

The total number of poll workers needed consists of the minimum number required to run an election in the respective county. The goal column is the target number of poll workers counties should recruit in order to compensate for any cancellations or no-shows. In accordance with state law, the board of elections, by a majority vote, appoints four electors for each precinct who are residents of the county in which the precinct is located to serve as poll workers. Not more than one-half of the total number of poll workers assigned to a precinct may be members of the same political Party. Ohioans who are neither a Republican or Democrat may also serve as poll workers. Those individuals are recorded below in the “other” category.

County Poll Worker Data

County poll worker data commitment summary

The Secretary of State’s Office will publish the updated data from the boards of elections each Wednesday. N/A will appear next to each county that did not submit their data timely. The data may appear to be the same from week to week if there is no change in the number of precinct election officials that the board of elections recruited.

Pursuant to Ohio law, the Elections Official Manual and Directive 2020-11, boards of elections received the following requirements:
  • Ohio law provides that each county board of elections select, generally, four residents of the county in which the precinct is located to serve as precinct election officials.
  • Not more than one-half of the total number of precinct election officials assigned to a precinct may be members of the same political party. A board of elections may also hire electors unaffiliated with a political party to serve as precinct election officials.
  • Counties are required to consider assigning more than four precinct election officials to a precinct in a high voter turnout election. Note that in a multi-precinct polling location that uses electronic pollbooks, a board may vote to reduce the number of precinct election officials from four to two per precinct.
  • However, the boards were instructed to be cautious with the reductions for this Presidential General Election.
  • Boards of elections are required to notify the Secretary of State’s Office by October 2, 2020 of any precinct election official shortages.
* Ohio law requires that “not more than one-half of the total number of precinct election officials shall be members of the same political party.” Therefore, if for example, a precinct requires ten precinct election officials, only five precinct election officials can be from one political party. The remaining five precinct election officials can be made up of a mix of the other political parties or unaffiliated precinct election officials.