Q: What is an election worker, and what do they do?

If you have ever wondered how to become more active in government, there are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Michigan has 83 counties, 274 cities, and 1,242 townships. During an election, each of these units of government requires a staff of paid workers to assist voters and help process ballots.

Election workers, precinct inspectors and election inspectors – are people who are paid to assist voters and count ballots on Election Day.

To be an election worker, you must be a registered voter of the state. If you are not yet registered to vote but want to serve, you can register to vote online (at Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration) and then sign up. An election worker cannot be be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve.

Interested? You can sign up today at Michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP to receive more information on the next steps. You will need to attend training(s), submit a completed election inspector application to your local clerk, and be appointed by the local city/township board. Among other things, the application will include name, address and date of birth, political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education or experience.