Apply to be a Precinct Election Official (PEO)


Fill out an application to become a Precinct Election Official   


Why am I needed?

Johnson County is committed to conducting fair and impartial elections that are well organized and professionally staffed. This would be impossible without hundreds of dedicated Precinct Election Officials who serve on Election Day.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are:

  • A registered voter in Johnson County
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Willing to attend a training session (some sessions may be virtual)
  • Available to work a 14+ hour day
  • Have reliable transportation
When am I needed?
  • Voting precincts must be fully staffed for all elections held in the county (Primary, General, City & School, and Special Elections)
  • There is always an election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
  • The next scheduled election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
How much will I be paid?
  • Pay is $16/hour, $24/hour after 8 hours in a single day
  • $0.56/mile
  • PEOs receive payment for hours and mileage to/from training and early voting as well
  • Expect to receive a check in the mail a month after the election
What do I have to do?

There are a number of tasks Precinct Election Officials can do to help with Elections:

  • Working polling locations on Election Day
  • Working early voting in satellite voting locations before Election Day
  • Opening and processing Absentee Ballots (begins the day before Election Day)
  • Assisting voters in health care facilities before and during Election Day
Am I guaranteed to work?

No. Larger elections require more workers than small elections. Iowa state law requires us to maintain a balance of political parties at all polling locations. When we make assignments, we must balance political party, experience, predicted turnout, availability, and preferences.

 For more information contact the Johnson County Elections Office 319-356-6004.