Under Rhode Island General Law 17-11-12, in order to work at the polling place an individual must be:
- 16 years of age or older
- A registered voter in Rhode Island (preregistration required if 16-17 years old)
- Able to read the Constitution of the state in English
- Able to write his/her own name
Poll workers are paid by the Board of Canvassers for their service on election day. Pay varies by city/town. See the latest Statewide Poll Worker Pay Rates.
NOTICE: Under R.I.G.L. §17-11-12 and §17-11-15 you are ineligible to work as a Poll Worker 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 Poll Worker may be contingent upon you successfully passing a test based on material presented to you in a training class.
Municipal employees, except teachers, are prohibited from working as Poll workers in a primary election in their city/town of employment. This restriction does not apply to the General 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 poll worker.
Political parties may appoint “checkers” to see who has voted, “runners” to deliver lists of people who have voted, and “watchers” to challenge the eligibility of voters