Polk County Auditor

Precinct Election Officials


Precinct Election Officials

Every election day, hundreds of Precinct Election Officials are needed to staff polling places located throughout Polk County.  As a PEO, you will be a key factor in how our citizens regard elections and it will be your job to ensure anyone who is eligible and wants to vote is given the opportunity.  

Get paid to help voters in your community

  • Precinct Election Officials are paid $10.00 per hour, plus mileage
  • Precinct Captains are paid $14.00 per hour, plus mileage

Requirements for Precinct Election Official

  • Must provide your own transportation to and from the polls
  • Must be willing to work long hours (typically 6 AM -10 PM) 
  • Must be willing to attend a paid school of instruction prior to working
  • iPad experience required
  • Must have a email address
  • Additional requirements if you are still in High School

What does a Precinct Election Official do?

  • Assist in setting up the polling place before the polls open
  • Check-in / register / update voter information using our Poll Pad system
  • Distribute ballot to voter after check-in verification
  • Help maintain an orderly process and ensures compliance of voting laws 
  • Assist in tearing down the polling place after the polls close.

Interested in Applying?


Polk County Election Office 
120 2nd Ave., Suite A 
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Phone: (515) 286-3247 

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Main Office

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 230
Des Moines, IA 50309
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3080

Fax: (515) 286-3608


Election Office

George Paletta Building
120 2nd Avenue, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3247

Fax: (515) 286-2099


Central Accounting

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 315
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3753

Fax: (515) 323-5253