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Every elector may vote for one candidate for Judge of Elections and one candidate for Inspector of Elections. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for Judge of Elections is elected. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for Inspector of Elections is elected Majority Inspector. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes for Inspector of Elections is elected Minority Inspector. The Minority Inspector is entitled to choose one Clerk of Elections to work on the precinct election board. The Voter Registration Office appoints the Voting Machine Operators.

All election officers are required to report to the polling place no later than 6:30 a.m., so that they may organize and set up the polling place to accommodate the first voter. The election officers must take an oath of office. After the election board has been sworn in, instructions, penalties, sample ballots and the list of absentee voters must be posted in the polling place. Voting equipment must be checked and tested to ensure that it is properly prepared for voting. The Judge of Elections assigns the various duties to the members of the election board.

Northampton County Election Division may be in need of precinct workers in your district on election day. If you are interested please email notification of interest to election@northamptoncounty.org

 Q&A

--​ Who can be an election officer?

You are eligible if you: are registered to vote in Northampton County, available to work two days a year in spring and fall, enjoy meeting other people and serving the public, are detail oriented, able to follow instructions, are not easily distracted and have lived in your district for, at least, 30 days prior to the election.

May a Committee person serve as a polling place official?

Yes. For example, a person may be the Judge of Election and a Local Committee person. The person may not engage in any partisan political activities from 6:30 in the morning until the polls close.  On Election Day, the individual must fulfill his or her responsibilities as a member of the election board and must act in a strictly nonpartisan manner. Furthermore, that person may not "take breaks" to perform the various duties of Committee people (for example, gathering voters and campaigning for candidates).

When are election days? 

Primary elections are always held on the third Tuesday in the month of May, except during a presidential year, in which case the primary is held on the fourth Tuesday in the month of April.

General or Municipal elections are scheduled for the Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November.

What are the hours worked?

Election officers must arrive at the polling place no later than 6:30 a.m. and must remain until the results have been tallied at the end of the day

What do election officer do?

Election officers work at the polling place. The duties include: picking up supplies from our office, setting up the voting equipment, processing voters by checking names off lists and books, instructing voters on the process of voting, tallying results, closing polls and returning same to the county Voter Registration office. Judge of Elections must be able to return all the supplies from election day immediately after the close of the polls.

Is training provided?

All new Poll Workers are required to attend training provided the voter registration office.

Are election officers paid?

  • The Judge of Elections receives $200 plus mileage
  • The minority inspector making returns w/the Judge of Elections receives $175
  • The majority inspector makes $175    

How do I apply

Contact the Northampton County Voter Registration office at (610)829-6260

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