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Election Inspectors (Poll Workers)

Election Inspectors are essential to conduct open, accurate and fair elections. Their priority is to ensure every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote by following Election Day procedures and providing excellent customer service to voters. The Election Commission is in need of additional bilingual (fluent in English/Spanish or English/Hmong speaking) poll workers.

Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (except qualified high school student poll workers)
  • Be a resident of Milwaukee County
  • Never have been convicted of a felony and not otherwise disqualified from voting 
  • Be able to read and write fluently in the English language 
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election. 

Pay

Election Inspectors receive a $220 stipend for a full-day shift and $110 for a half-day shift on Election Day. Additionally, $15/hr for attending training.

In order to receive payment for training and working on Election day, you must complete an Employee Information Sheet and present a copy of your social security card to the Election Commission by your training date.

Principles Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Check-in Registered Voters
  • Register Eligible Voters
  • Monitor Voting and Ballot Marking Equipment
  • Assist and Guide Voters
  • Assist Chief Inspector as needed

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience - Must have experience working with diverse groups of people in a public environment.
  • Skills - Must possess excellent customer service skills. Strong clerical and analytical skills. Detail oriented. Active listener. Must possess good oral communication skills.
  • Abilities - Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Training Requirement 

Election inspectors are required to attend a 2 hour training class every two years.

Shifts 

  • FULL - 6:00am until the Chief Inspector completes the closing procedure (typically 9:00pm).
  • AM – 6:00am until 2:00pm.
  • PM - 1:30pm until the Chief Inspector completes the closing procedure (typically 9:00 pm).

Elections

Fall Primary - Tuesday, August 9

General Election - Tuesday, November 8

Excused From Regular Job

Wisconsin law requires every employer to grant an unpaid leave of absence to each employee who is appointed to serve as an election official, if the employee who serves as an election official provides their employer with at least 7 days' notice.The leave is for the entire 24-hour period of each election day in which the employee serves in their official capacity as an election official. Upon request from the employer, the Milwaukee Election Commission will verify the appointment of their employee as an election official.  

Become an Election Inspector in 5 steps! 

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  Step 1 – Apply

Apply online here or in-person at the Election Commission Office, City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 501, Milwaukee, WI 53202. 

  Step 2 – Complete Employee Information Sheet and present a copy of your social security card to the Election Commission by your training date

In order to receive timely payment for training and working on Election day, you must complete an Employee Information Sheet and present a copy of your social security card to the Election Commission. Once you apply, you will receive a secure link to DocuSign to complete the Employee Information Sheet and attach a copy/picture of your social secuirty card. You can also complete the paperwork in person at the Election Commission Office.

If you are volunteering your time, you do NOT want to receive payment, or you are a city employee, then you do not have to submit a copy/picture of your social security card. 

  Step 3 – Register for a training class  

After you complete your Employee Information Sheet, you will receive a link to register for a class. 

  Step 4 – Pick up your manual and attend your training class

Pick up a free copy of the Election Inspector Manual. You can review the manual online here but we strongly recommend you pick up a printed copy to reference during your training and on Election Day. 

  Step 5– Work on Election Day

After attending a training class, you will receive a letter confirming your shift and polling location. 

Quick Links

Election Inspector Application

Chief Inspectors

​​​​​​​Adopt a Voting Site

Training Page

Find Your Polling Place

Questions about beign an Election Worker? 

414-286-3491


electionworker@milwaukee.gov


City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 501, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 

 

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