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Be a poll worker
Be a poll worker
Join the team – Become a poll worker in Michigan!
Michigan needs more election inspectors (i.e. poll workers )for the early voting period and Election Day.
Democracy MVP is the state of Michigan’s award-winning, non-partisan poll worker recruitment program. Sign up with Democracy MVP today to get trained, get paid, and help your community run smooth and secure elections!
Become a poll worker
The following four steps outline your path to becoming an election inspector (i.e. poll worker) in Michigan!
Complete and submit the Democracy MVP Election Inspector Interest Form to provide your information to local clerks.
If a local clerk in your area is hiring, they may contact you with next steps including training and hiring as an election inspector.
To sign up with a friend or as a group, please complete the interest form and indicate your group name in the provided space.
More poll workers than ever before are needed for the 2024 elections.
Early voting will occur statewide in 2024 for the first time ever. For 9+ days before an election, voters can visit an early voting site to cast a ballot in person, just like at a polling place on Election Day. This means that Michigan has a critical need for more poll workers.
If everyone who signs up to serve recruits one more person, this need will be met! Use the following links to share a post on social media or view the Help spread the word section.
Share Tweet: “I signed up to be a Michigan poll worker in 2024! 🏆 Join me and sign up at Michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP”
Share Tweet: “Proud to be a poll worker in Michigan! 💪 Sign up for 2024 at Michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP”
Share Tweet: “Michigan needs poll workers for 2024! 🗳️ Join me and sign up to serve at Michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP”
To increase your chance of being hired, contact local clerks in your area to ask directly about serving as a poll worker, and to submit an official application. Michigan residents can apply at any clerk’s office in Michigan, not just their own.
If you signed up with a friend or a group, please contact a local clerk’s office to ask about placement together. Hiring and placement of election inspectors are determined by local clerks, not Democracy MVP.
Each community in Michigan hires their own election inspectors separately, so you may need to submit a new application for each office you contact.
Just like when applying for a job, it can take time to hear back. Be patient and monitor your email and phone.
All hiring decisions are left to the discretion of local clerks. If selected, a clerk will contact you to provide next steps, including training.
If you have not heard back from a clerk, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- You are ineligible to serve
- Local clerks are fully staffed
- A clerk is seeking a specific skill set or availability
- A clerk needs workers with a particular affiliation to ensure balanced staffing
For status updates and hiring information, please contact your local clerk’s office.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is an election inspector?
Election inspectors, i.e. poll workers, are hired, paid, and trained local government workers who assist with running local elections in compliance with Michigan Election Law.
Each county, city, and township in Michigan hires and pays election inspectors for the early voting period and on Election Day.
Election inspectors may be assigned different responsibilities.
At a polling place or early voting site, election inspectors greet and check-in voters, issue ballots, and assist with tabulation. Individuals may also be hired to assist with processing absentee ballots.
To ask what jobs are available, please contact a local election clerk’s office.
What are the qualifications to be an election inspector?
Eligibility requirements to serve as an election inspector in Michigan are as follows:
- You must be at least 16 years of age.
- You must be a registered voter in Michigan if 18+ years of age. Individuals aged 16 – 17 must be a Michigan resident.
- You must not have a felony or election crime conviction.
- You must not be an election challenger, a candidate, a member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local board of canvassers.
- You must affiliate with a political party. Party registration is not a requirement. Michigan law requires that election inspectors disclose political affiliation to ensure balanced staffing. Affiliating as “independent” or “unaffiliated” is not a legal option for an election inspector.
While not a requirement, Michigan election clerks are seeking individuals with the following skills to serve as election inspectors:
- Management and supervising
- Customer service
- Project management
- Familiarity with technology, such as operation of computers and software.
How much are election inspectors paid?
Election inspectors are locally paid workers, not volunteers. The rate of pay is set at each county, city, and township level, and can differ between jurisdictions. For information about how much your local clerk pays election inspectors, please contact their office.
Democracy MVP and the State of Michigan do not compensate or set the rate of pay for election workers.
Do election inspectors receive training?
If hired as an election inspector, you will receive official training from a local or county clerk on how to run elections and assist voters in accordance with Michigan election law.
Election inspector training provided by non-governmental entities, political parties, non-profit organizations, or special interest groups are not sanctioned by the State of Michigan and must be disregarded by election inspectors.
Official election inspector resources are available in the election inspector resource library.
What is an election challenger or poll watcher?
An election challenger or poll watcher is very different than an election inspector (i.e. poll worker).
- Election inspectors are hired, paid, and trained local government workers that assists with running local elections.
Election observers are volunteers who observe election activities, as permitted by election law. They are not government employees, are not hired or recruited by Democracy MVP or local clerks, and may not assist voters.
- Election challengers are non-governmental election observers that are appointed and issued a credential by a political party, special interest group, or qualified organization. Election law limits the number of challengers that may enter a voting location.
- Poll watchers are non-governmental volunteer election observers without credentials.
Learn more about the Appointment, Rights, and Duties of Election Challengers and Poll Watchers.
Help spread the word
Michigan needs more poll workers to run elections during the early voting period and on Election Day!
The following resources can help Michigan residents, organizations, and institutions spread the word.
Democracy MVP Toolkit
Sample graphics, videos, emails, newsletter language, and social media posts.
Share on Social Media
- Share Tweet: Michigan needs poll workers! Sign up today for early voting and Election Day. @MichSOS #DemocracyMVP
- Share a post on Facebook
- Share a post on LinkedIn
- Repost on Instagram
Democracy MVP graphics
A zip file containing Democracy MVP poll worker recruitment promotional graphics for social media, emails, newsletters, or flyers.
Election inspector resource library
The Election Inspectors Procedure Manual details the official responsibilities of Michigan election inspectors.
This section includes additional resources for hired election inspectors to review procedures, election law, and safety information.
Hired election inspectors with questions about assignments or responsibilities should contact their hiring clerk’s office or ask their precinct chairperson.
Lookup local clerk information
*Please note that these resources are not a replacement to official training provided by local or county clerks.