Wisconsin is in need of people to serve as paid poll workers for the Nov. 3 election.

If you're looking for a way to make an impact this election year, becoming a poll worker is one of the most vital roles you can play. Being a poll worker means helping people vote safely and ensuring as many people as possible can cast their ballot. Together, we will help the voices of our community be heard!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many veteran poll workers have to sit this one out, so we need younger citizens to step up! This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to get involved with the democratic process. 

Your safety and good health are our primary concerns. Serving as a poll worker requires an understanding of the personal and community risks associated with COVID-19. If you’re at increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19, this is not the job opportunity for you.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, anyone interested should contact their municipal clerk’s office or visit the MyVote Wisconsin website. Just click on their email address to send them a message with “Poll Worker Applicant” in the subject line with a few words about your interest and your contact information!

To be a poll worker, you must:

  • Be a qualified elector of the county in which the municipality is located (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 28 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
  • 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.

What will I do?

Poll workers check-in voters, help people register to vote, check photo IDs, and process absentee ballots.  Your local clerk will provide you with training prior to Election Day for the job you will be doing. 

What will I receive?

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect against the spread of COVID-19
  • Compensation determined by the appropriate municipal governing body. In some municipalities, you may also be compensated for attending any required training sessions.
  • Training to become a poll worker

A healthy environment cannot exist without first building a healthy democracy. That means every person must be able to exercise their right to vote safely and easily.

If you are healthy, in a low-risk category for complications from COVID-19, and feel that you can contribute safely – you can help make our elections safer for all. To become a poll worker click here.

Sent to WNPJS by Wisconsin Conservation Voices. If you have further questions please contact anjali@conservationvoices.org.