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Pollworker Information

Under Rhode Island General Law 17-11-12, in order to work at the polling place an individual must be:

  • A registered voter in Rhode Island
  • Able to read the Constitution of the state in English
  • Able to write his/her own name

NOTICE: Under R.I.G.L. §17-11-12 and §17-11-15 you are ineligible to work as a pollworker if you are a candidate for public office, or if you have been convicted, found guilty, pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, or placed on a deferred or suspended sentence, or on probation, for any crime which involves moral turpitude or which constitutes a violation of any of the election or caucus laws of this or any other state. Your appointment as a pollworker may be contigent upon you successfully passing a test based on material presented to you in a training class.

Federal, State, and Municipal employees, except teachers, are prohibited from working as pollworkers in a primary election. (R.I.G.L 17-15-14)

You are not required to be a resident of the city/town in which you are seeking to work as a pollworker.

Pollworkers are hired and paid by the Board of Canvassers in each of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns. You may contact your local Board of Canvassers and inquire, or print the Pollworker Application below and mail it into the Board of Canvassers in the city/town in which you desire to work as a pollworker.

Pollworkers are paid by the Board of Canvassers for their service on election day. Pay varys by city/town. See the latest Statewide Pollworker Pay Rates.