Precinct Election Official

Becoming a Precinct Election Official


The Clayton County Auditor’s Office accepts applications for election day precinct election officials on an ongoing basis.  This is an important and exciting way to participate in democracy. Precinct election officials receive compensation for their time.

Elections are at the core of our system of government. Seeing to it that everyone’s right to vote is protected - and that we as a people are protected against voter fraud - is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. We are prepared to give you training if you are prepared to take the responsibility.


Who Can Be A Precinct Election Official


  • Registered voters of Clayton County, Iowa
  • Persons with transportation to go to the polling place and to the Precinct Election Official School of Instruction
  • Persons who are not candidates or a close relative of a candidate
  • Persons able to work long hours
  • Persons who enjoy people and service to others

What a Precinct Election Official Does


  • Opens polling place one hour before the polls open on election day
  • Prepares the polling place for voting
  • Determines the eligibility of voters
  • Assists voters in the voting process
  • Maintains order at the polls
  • Closes polling place and remains until all procedures are completed

When Are Elections Held


  • Elections are always held on Tuesdays
  • School elections are held on the second Tuesday in September. Polls are usually open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. School Districts indicate their preference and may open at Noon.
  • City elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Polls are usually open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Smaller cities may open at Noon.
  • Primary elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.
  • General elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.
  • Special elections may be called at anytime during the year and are held on Tuesday.

How to Become a Precinct Election Official


Contact the Clayton County Auditor’s Office at 563-245-1106 or Jennifer Garms or Amy Bahnsen to apply.  You may also inquire in person during office hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Our office is located in the courthouse at 111 High Street NE in Elkader. You must attend a training school prior to the election. You are paid minimum wage for attending the school and for time spent at the polling place. Mileage is paid to and from the school of instruction and to and from the polling place.