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Why am I needed?

Johnson County is committed to conducting fair and impartial elections that are well organized and professionally staffed. This would be impossible without hundreds of dedicated Precinct Election Officials (PEOs) who serve on Election Day and provide other forms of election support. 

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you:

  • Are a registered voter in Johnson County; 
  • Can follow detailed instructions; 
  • Are reliable and punctual; 
  • Enjoy working with people; 
  • Attend paid training sessions (some sessions may be virtual); and 
  • Can be available to work a 14+ hour day
When am I needed?
  • Voting precincts must be fully staffed for all elections held in the county (Primary, General, City & School, and Special Elections)
  • There is always an election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June of even-numbered years. There also tend to be several special elections every year. 
  • While you should generally be available to help on and around election dates, please keep in mind that applying to be a PEO does not require you to accept an assignment. Conversely, being hired as a PEO does not guarantee you an assignment in any given election. 
How much will I be paid?
  • Pay is $16.25/hour, with time and a half after 8 hours in a single day and mileage is $0.56/mile.
  • PEOs receive payment for hours and mileage to and from training and voting sites.
  • Expect to receive a check in the mail about a month after the election.
What do I have to do?

There are a number of tasks Precinct Election Officials can do to help with Elections:

  • Working polling locations on Election Day, which may include: 
    • Setting up and tearing down precinct materials, including tables/chairs, computer equipment, and signage; 
    • Checking in voters using an e-pollbook; 
    • Administering ballots and instructions; or 
    • Assisting voters at the ballot tabulator
  • Working at the Auditor's Office or satellite voting locations before Election Day
  • Opening and processing absentee ballots (begins the day before Election Day)
  • Assisting voters in health care facilities before and during Election Day
Am I guaranteed to work?

No. Larger elections require more workers than small elections. Iowa state law requires us to maintain a balance of political parties at all polling locations. When we make assignments, we must balance political party, experience, predicted turnout, availability, and preferences.

 For more information, contact the Auditor's Office at (319) 356-6004.