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It takes more than 300 people to operate Gaston County polling places each election. These people are your friends, coworkers and neighbors who give 2 to 3 days of paid service to ensure you have a place to vote on Election Day. We need your help, too! More precinct officials are needed in your neighborhood. Do your part to provide voting opportunities in your community.
As a precinct official, you will work at one of Gaston County's 46 polling places. Precinct officials set up supplies and voting equipment, assist voters, verify their registration, issue ballots and manage crowds. Precinct officials are assigned to positions based on their strengths, interests and experience.
View the Precinct Official Description and Guidelines (PDF).
Yes. All precinct officials are required by law to attend training classes before each election. You will attend 1 to 4 classes based on your job assignment and level of experience. You will receive payment for attending training classes unless you fail to work on Election Day.
You can apply online or you may also stop by our office located at:410 W Franklin BoulevardSuite 50Gastonia, NC 28052
Fill out an application in person or contact the office 704-852-6005 and speak with our staff.
In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law allowing high school students to work in the polls on election day. Student Election Assistants carry some of the same responsibilities as election officials and are compensated in the same way. Interested in becoming a student election assistant?
Become a Student Election Assistant