Youth at the Booth

Join a new generation of election officials.
Learn. Earn. Serve.

Youth at the Booth is Elections BC’s program to hire high school students as election officials in the provincial elections and by-elections. B.C.’s next provincial general election is scheduled for October 19, 2024.

Interested? We’re looking for students who are:

  • between 15 and 19,
  • interested in community service, student government or service clubs,
  • able to work in a neutral and impartial way, and
  • comfortable using technology.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada, have a valid SIN and their parent or guardian’s approval to apply.

Youth at the Booth participants will:

  • work as an election official at a voting place in their local community
  • earn money for attending training and working a full day
  • obtain valuable work experience for their resume and post-secondary applications
  • learn about elections and voting
  • serve their community and democracy in B.C. by making sure every voter can vote

Election official positions suitable for students:

Position Key Duties Compensation
Ballot Issuing Officer (BIO)
  • verifies voter identification and entitlement to vote
  • updates voter records in the electronic voting book
  • issues ballots to eligible voters
  • provides instructions to voters on how to mark their ballot
  • closes the voting station and packs up all materials
$325 per day

$18 for online training (one-time fee)

$62 per session for classroom training

Information Officer (IO)
  • provides information to voters about voting and identification requirements
  • controls traffic of people and vehicles
  • places signs at the voting location
  • assists voters with support needs
$310 per day

$18 for online training (one-time fee)

$62 per session for classroom training

Tabulator Officer (TBO)
  • sets up, tests and troubleshoots the vote tabulator
  • assists voters with casting their ballot by inserting the ballots into the vote tabulator machine
  • manages tabulator notifications
  • directs the flow of voters at the tabulator station
  • shuts down the tabulator station and accounts for all materials
$310 per day

$18 for online training (one-time fee)

$62 per session for classroom training

Please note:

  • Election officials must be at least 15 years old and legally entitled to work in B.C.
  • You must provide your own transportation to and from work. Elections BC does not reimburse commuting expenses.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee employment.
  • Please be prepared to provide your Social Insurance Number if you are offered employment.
  • All election officials must successfully complete online training and attend classroom training before they work.
  • You must have a valid email address and access to a computer to complete the online training prior to attending classroom training.
  • Training is mandatory, even if you have worked as an election official before.

How to apply

The District Electoral Officer (DEO) for each provincial electoral district hires election officials for voting opportunities in their district.

To apply for work:

  • Review the Find Your Electoral District application to determine which electoral district you want to work in. You may apply for work in more than one electoral district within reasonable commuting distance from your home. Employment can only be offered in one district.
  • Click ‘Next’ to be taken to a map where you can select the electoral districts you want to apply to.
  • Submit an application to each electoral district you want to work in. You will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements and to select which position(s) you wish to be considered for. Submission of a resume is optional.

Next

Are you a school looking to promote Youth at the Booth to your students? – For more information and to register your school’s participation, please contact Elections BC at jobs@elections.bc.ca or 1-800-661-8683. We will connect you with the local hiring office and provide further information.

Download the information card and the poster to share information about the Youth at the Booth program at your school.

Elections BC is committed to fostering a respectful workplace and welcoming diversity and inclusion throughout our organization.

Elections BC  |  1-800-661-8683  |  elections.bc.ca