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WHO IS THE DISTRICT ELECTION BOARD:
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2671) directs that “all primaries and elections shall be conducted in each election district by a district election board consisting of a judge of election, a majority inspector of election and a minority inspector of election, assisted by clerks and machine inspectors in certain cases. The judge and inspectors of election (majority and minority)… shall be elected by the electors thereof at the municipal election, and shall hold the office for a term of 4 years from the first Monday of January next succeeding their election.” 

Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2674) directs that “…one clerk shall be appointed by the minority inspector in each district in which a voting machine or machines are used, the county board of elections shall, prior to each primary and election, appoint for each additional voting machine to be used in such district, one qualified registered elector of the county to serve as machine inspector therein for such primary or election.”

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE DISTRICT ELECTION BOARD:
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2672 (a)) directs that “Except as provided in subsection (b), election officers shall be qualified registered electors of the district in which they are elected or appointed.  No person shall be qualified to serve as an election officer who shall hold, or shall within two months have held, any office, appointment or employment in or under the Government of the United States or of this State or of any city or county or poor district, of any municipal board, commission or trust in any city, save only district justices, notaries public and persons in the militia service of the State; …”

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DISTRICT ELECTION BOARD:

POSITION

DUTIES

RATE OF PAY

ADDITIONAL PAY

JUDGE OF ELECTION
Elected 4-year term

In charge of Election Day activities & personnel inside polling location & operation of voting machine when necessary

$100.00

$ 5.00 Training Class
$10.00 Supply Pick Up
$10.00 Supply Returns

MAJORITY INSPECTOR
Elected 4-year term

Manages books, such as poll books or number list of voters as Judge assigns.
Assist with open/close of polls

$ 90.00

$ 5.00 Training Class

MINORITY INSPECTOR
Elected 4-year term

Manages books, such as poll books or number list of voters as Judge assigns
Assist with open/close of polls

$ 90.00

$ 5.00 Training Class

CLERK
Appointed by Minority   
Inspector for the day

Manages books, such as poll books or number list of voters as Judge assigns.
Assist with open/close of polls

$ 90.00

$ 5.00 Training Class

MACHINE INSPECTOR 1

Appointed by County Board of Elections when two machines are used at polls.
Assist with open/close of polls

$ 90.00

$ 5.00 Training Class

 

MACHINE INSPECTOR 2

Appointed by County Board of Elections when three machines are used at polls.
Assist with open/close of polls

$ 90.00

$ 5.00 Training Class

 

FILLING VACANCIES IN BOARD – COURT APPOINTMENT:
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2675) directs that “(a) Vacancies in election boards existing by reason of the disqualification, removal, resignation or death of an election officer, or from any other cause, occurring prior to the fifth day before any primary or election, shall in all cases be filled by appointment, by the Court of the proper county, of competent persons, qualified in accordance with the provisions of this act, who shall serve for the unexpired term of the person whose place he is appointed to fill… In the appointment of inspectors in any election district, both shall not be of the same political party at the time of said appointment…” 

Select here for PDF Court Appointment Petition for Judge of Election

Select here for PDF Court Appointment Petition for Majority or Minority Inspector of Election

FILLING VACANCIES IN BOARD – EMERGENCY  APPOINTMENT:
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2675) directs that “(c) Vacancies in election boards occurring at any time during the five days immediately preceding any primary or election or on the day of the primary or election may be filled by appointment by the County Board of Elections from a pool of competent persons who are qualified registered electors of the county…Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in accordance with this subsection shall serve as a member of the election board on the day of the primary or election only…”

If you are interested in volunteering to work as a district election board member, please send the Bureau of Elections a letter or email listing your name, registered address and contact phone number.  Please indicate if you are interested in working only in your polling location, a polling location only in your municipality (town, borough, city) or if you are willing to be assigned anywhere within the County. 

You must be available to attend one of the County training sessions.  The Bureau will contact you regarding your emergency appointment within five days of the primary or election.

Student Appointments:
Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. §2672) directs that “(b) The County Board may appoint students notwithstanding their eligibility to vote to serve as a clerk or machine inspector pursuant to the following:

1. The County Board may appoint not more than 2 students per precinct
2. The Judge of Election shall have direct supervision of the student
3. The County Board may compensate the student
4. The County Board shall comply with all applicable Federal and State laws
5. The student must at the time of the election for which the student shall serve:

(i) be at least seventeen (17) years of age;
(ii) be a United States citizen and a resident of the county in which appointed
(iii) be enrolled in a secondary educational institution with an exemplary
academic record as determined by educational institution; 
(iv) be approved by the principal or director of the secondary educational institution
(v) have obtained the consent of their parent or guardian       

6. The student may not serve as a judge of election or majority or minority inspector

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