The City of Sheboygan is calling for residents of Sheboygan County willing to serve as poll workers for the April 7, 2020 election to replace poll workers who are unable to serve due to age or health concerns from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
In Wisconsin, election inspectors are appointed at the municipal level. Anyone who is interested in working should contact the City Clerk’s office immediately at 920-459-3361.
Municipal clerks will provide training for any new election inspectors before the election.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working to provide local election officials with guidance for ways to conduct the election safely and securely.
Voter turnout at the polling place is expected to be much lower than normal, but workers are still needed to process a much higher number of absentee ballots than normal.
What are the responsibilities of a poll worker?
Poll workers conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include issuing ballots to registered voters, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment, explaining how to mark the ballot or use the voting equipment.
What are the hours of work?
Polling places are open statewide from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Poll workers can work a full day, generally from 6:30 am until approximately 9:00 pm or later.
Are poll workers (election inspectors) paid or volunteers?
Poll workers are compensated for working at polling places and are also compensated for attending any required training sessions. Poll workers may also choose to volunteer their services by filing a written declination of compensation with the municipal clerk.
What are the qualifications to be a poll worker (election inspector)? To be a poll worker, a person 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 10 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
►Anyone who is interested should contact the City Clerk’s office immediately at 920-459-3361.