Become a Poll Worker
Becoming a poll worker is a great way to step up for your community and participate in our democracy.
You must be a registered voter of Williamson County to be a poll worker.
Student poll workers do not have to be a registered voter but they must be between 16-18 years of age and a US citizen. Please see the Student Election Worker section below for more information.
To apply to be a poll worker please visit our poll worker portal, create an account and submit an application.
Poll Worker Training
All poll workers are required to attend a training session before each election.
After you have been assigned to a polling place you will receive information explaining how to register for a training class.
For the November 2023 election our training schedules are below.
Poll Worker Pay
Williamson County has contracted with Openwork (openwork.com), to provide payroll processing services for our election workers. For Openwork to pay our workers, you must complete an Employee Data packet. This packet includes a short application, employee policies, W-4 form, and I-9 form. To process the I-9 form, you must present identification, which is explained in the packet. Once the paperwork is processed, your information is entered in our system, and you will be eligible for any future elections.
Please send an email to [email protected] to start the enrollment process and an openwork representative will contact you.
The 2023 pay rates for poll workers are:
- Deputy Early Voting Clerk / Presiding Judge: $17.00
- Alternate Deputy Early Voting Clerk / Alternate Judge: $15.00
- Election Clerk: $15.00
Poll Worker Resources
- Texas Secretary of State Online Poll Worker Training
- Texas Secretary of State Election Judges and Clerks Handbook (PDF)
- Texas Secretary of State Poll Watcher Guide (PDF)
Student Election Workers
The Williamson County Elections Department encourages all eligible students with an interest in the democratic process to apply. Bilingual students are strongly urged to apply, as an increasing demand for these services exists.
A student who is at least 16 years of age and who is enrolled in a public or private high school or home school and has the consent of the principal (or parent/legal guardian in charge of education in home school) may serve as an election clerk. The elections officials must receive written authorization from the student's parent or guardian for the student to serve in the election for which he or she is appointed.
To qualify as a Student Election worker, the student must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen and resident of Williamson County
- Be at least 16 years old on Election Day
- Be enrolled in a public, private or qualified home school
- Have written consent of their parent or legal guardian to work the election
- Have written consent of their school principal (or parent/legal guardian for home-schooled students
- Complete any required election worker training program.
The Texas Education Code includes service as an election clerk as an acceptable "excused absence."
If you are interested, please complete the Student Worker Application (PDF) and return it to the Elections Department.
Once you are assigned you must complete the State Application and Permission Form (PDF) and take it with you to the polling place.
Student Election Workers receive the clerk's pay of $15 per hour ($12/hr in Primary)
Additional information about Student Election Workers can be found at the Texas Secretary of State website: Student Election Clerk Information
Questions? Need more information?
email [email protected] or call the WilCo Elections Dept at 512-943-1630