Becoming an Election Board Official

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Every four years (ex. 2021, 2025 etc.) voters elect a Judge of Election and a Majority and Minority Inspector for their voting division. These officials administer the elections in each of the 1,703 divisions throughout Philadelphia.

In order to appear on the ballot for one of the eligible Election Board positions you must file a nomination petition or paper with the Philadelphia County Board of Elections. A minimum of 10 signatures is required for a petition for Judge of Election and a minimum of 5 signatures is required for a petition for Inspector of Election. Candidates must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the division in which they intend to run. For more information on how to run for office click here.

If there is a vacancy for one of the eligible positions in your division, you may seek a court appointment to fill the vacancy until the next election. For more information about this process, please review and download the appropriate Election Forms found here.

For the November 3, 2020 General and Special Election:

  • Judges of Election are paid $205 for working on Election Day, and for picking up and returning election materials.
  • Majority Inspectors, Minority Inspectors, Clerks, Machine Inspectors, and Bilingual Interpreters are paid $200 for working on Election Day.
  • All positions are paid $50 for attending training if they also work on Election Day.