Election Inspectors

Become a Poll Worker

The right to vote is one of our nation's oldest and most important entitlements, and with this right comes responsibility. Free and open elections are the basis on which this country was formed and you can make a difference by becoming a poll worker to help protect those freedoms.

The Board of Elections is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to the citizens of New York State by providing fair and accurate elections. This responsibility and the credit associated with it must be shared with the many dedicated workers that help make elections successful. You can get involved and become a proud participant in a process that is the foundation of democracy in our country.

Come work with us. Fill out our online form if you're interested in becoming a poll worker for Orange County.

Absentee Voting

If you are not assigned to work in the district you vote in, you could vote by absentee.
Please complete the application (PDF) and mail it to:
P.O. Box 30
Goshen, NY 10924

When You Are Needed

You'll be needed just a few days a year: Primary Day in June and Election Day in November.

Tasks You Will Perform as a Poll Worker

  • Assist voter if requested by the voter
  • Canvass and report the results
  • Close the polling place
  • Demonstrate voting procedures to the voters
  • Prepare the polling place for voting
  • Process the voters
  • Set up the voting equipment


You are eligible to serve as a poll worker if you:

Are a registered voter and a resident of the county, or within the City of New York, a City resident, in which you will be working.


You will be compensated by your board of elections.