Information for Poll Workers

This page is intended for people who have already signed up to become poll workers.


  1. Report to work at your assigned polling place at 5:15 a.m. on election day.
  2. Prepare the polling place for voting.
  3. Verify that voters are registered in the district.
  4. Demonstrate the voting process to voters upon request.
  5. Maintain order at the polls.
  6. Close the polling location at 8:00 p.m. or when all voters in line have voted.



The mandatory Poll Worker Training classes have been postponed until further notice.

Classes are held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave, Parsippany, in the Auditorium. Special classes are held at other locations within the county, for information email us at [email protected] or call us at 973-285-8350.

Reference Material

Please review the State of New Jersey poll worker training manual.

Managing the Machines


New ES&S Voting Machines

Electronic Poll Books

Sequoia Voting Machines

Note: These videos are for poll workers ONLY. They are a small part of the training that poll workers receive.

Written Instructions

Refer to the following instructions for tips on how to operating voting machines:

Opening the Polls

  1. Determine the location of the Electronic Voting Machine.
  2. Secure the machine in position by locking swivel castors. Plug in the machine.
  3. Compare the machine numbers with machine keys.
  4. With the Yellow key, open the back door.
  5. Remove the Operator Panel from the back of the machine and place on either side.
  6. Turn the POWER SWITCH (red knob) on.
  7. When the Operator Panel reads “Ready to Open Polls” insert the Silver Key into the Open / Close Key switch and turn to Polls Open. (Turn the Key a quarter turn to the left into the vertical position) REMOVE SILVER KEY. IT IS NOT NEEDED UNTIL CLOSE. The “Official Zero Proof Report” starts.
  8. Lift the voter panel into the upright position.
  9. Open the front doors and pull up the Top Privacy Panel & hang on the side privacy panels.
  10. Remove the Privacy curtains from the Storage Tube in back of machine and put in place in the curtain hangers found on the inside side privacy panels.
  11. Finish lifting the voter panel into position by pulling the Maroon Latch Release Handle from the back of the machine as far as you can.
  12. When the “Zero Proof Report” is complete, review to be sure all voting positions are at zero. All Board Workers must sign the report and then place it in the County Clerk’s Envelope.
  13. Close rear door lock with Yellow Key and put keys away.

Activating the Machine

  1. Accept Voting Authority Slip from Voter.
  2. Press the GREEN ACTIVATE BUTTON on the Operator Panel. A tone will be heard. The side LCD Display will show “VOTER ACTIVE”. The light next to the ACTIVATE button will be lit. FOR PRIMARY ONLY: Press number next to Party Affiliation first, then activate.
  3. When the voter finishes voting and the CAST VOTE button is pressed, a tone will sound again. The LCD display on the Operator Panel will display “Ready for Voter”. The PUBLIC COUNTER and PROTECTIVE COUNTER will advance by one each time a voter casts a vote.

Closing the Polls

  1. Unlock rear door with Yellow Key.
  2. Close Polls by inserting Silver Key in the Open/Close key switch. Turn key one quarter to right. Remove the key. The machine will automatically begin printing the “Official Election Result Report”.
  3. Begin to close front of the machine by removing curtains and put back into storage tube. Unlatch the Top Privacy Panel, fold down. Fold in Side Privacy Panels.
  4. Lower the Voter Panel using the Maroon Latch Release Handle. DO NOT FORCE THE PANEL DOWN.
  5. When the printer stops, tear off tape. The Board Workers sign and date all of the “OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULT REPORTS” and place in proper envelopes.
  6. Complete the tally sheet as instructed by the County Clerk.
  7. Remove the RESULTS CARTRIDGE from the back of the machine. Press the Silver button, on top of the cartridge down, to remove it.
  8. When all reports are printed, TURN THE POWER SWITCH TO OFF.
  9. Place the Operator Panel in the back of the machine. Unplug the machine.
  10. Lock the rear door with Yellow Key. PLACE KEYS IN KEY ENVELOPE.

Bulletins & Newsletters

If you are a Morris County Poll Worker, please take the time to read the following newsletters sent out by the Board of Elections.

  • Nov 2019(PDF, 126KB)  – Mail-In Voter Tag Process, New Training Videos
  • May 2019(PDF, 345KB) – No Electioneering sign, New Challengers Information Packet
  • Nov 2018(PDF, 622KB) – Challenger Rules, Mail-In Ballots, New Votes Cast 2-Hour Notice, and New Poll Worker Quick Reference Guide
  • May 2018(PDF, 497KB) – NEW Poll Worker Recruitment Postcards, Primary Party Affiliation Rules, and Provisional Ballots.
  • Oct 2017(PDF, 140KB) – Provisional Ballots, Towelettes, ID Required Tag, and Can’t Find a Voter’s Name
  • May 2017(PDF, 320KB) – Party Affiliation Rules, Important Poll Worker Points, Revised Correction of Record and Certificate for Assistance Forms
  • Nov 2016(PDF, 296KB) – Provisional Ballots, Court Order Voting, Voting Systems Ownership