Election Inspectors/Poll Workers 

Election Inspectors, also known as Poll Workers, are essential in conducting transparent, accurate, and fair elections. It is their priority to ensure every eligible voter is able to exercise their right vote by following Election Day procedures, and by following stellar customer service to everyone.


To be an Election Inspector, you must: 

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of Milwaukee County 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • OR be 16 or 17 years old, and have the consent of a parent/guardian and principal, reside in the City of Glendale, and have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have no unpardoned felony convictions and not otherwise be disqualified from voting
  • NOT be a candidate for any office on the ballot for the election taking place.


  • Have strong clerical, problem solving, communication skills, and be able to use basic technology.
  • Possess good handwriting, vision, hearing, attention to detail, and the ability to follow directions.
  • Be able to fluently speak, read and write the English language.
  • Be able to work as a team.
  • Enjoy people and service to others!
  • Be an effective communicator and active listener.
  • Have experience working with diverse groups of people in a public environment.
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time, and lift up to 30 pounds.

Position Summary

Election Inspectors conduct assigned duties at a polling location on Election Day. They work directly with voters and general duties include:

  • Organize the polling place before the polls open
  • Election day voter registration
  • Checking in voters using the electronic poll books, issuing ballots and sequential election day voter numbers
  • Assisting voters and providing instructions, as necessary
  • Processing absentee ballots
  • Monitoring the voting equipment
  • Signing and assisting with closing paperwork for the City and County

Length of Commitment

Election Inspectors are appointed to two-year terms. However, committing to an election or being available to fill in at the last moment is also appreciated.


Election Inspectors are compensated for working at the polling place and for attending required training sessions. The current pay is $15.00 per hour. If you wish to receive payment, you must bring your Photo ID and Social Security Card to your training class, and complete New Hire Paperwork, as it is needed for payroll purposes. You may also choose to work as a volunteer, in lieu of payment.

Training Requirement

Election Inspectors are required to attend a one-hour training session prior to every Election assigned to work, as well as any additional required trainings which may be deemed necessary. 

Location of Work

Every effort is made to assign an Election Inspector to their preferred polling location. However, there are times when the City Clerk requires Election Inspectors to be willing and flexible in order to cover vacancies at other sites.

Hours of Work

Polling Places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Election Inspectors work a full day, generally from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m., or longer in the case of larger elections (such as the November general elections). Half-day shifts may also be available upon request, with hours from 6:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. until the Chief Inspector completes the closing procedure. Breaks and lunch/dinner hours are allowed and determined by the Chief Inspector. For busier elections, you are encourage to bring snacks/dinner with you.

Election Day Leave

Wisconsin law requires every employer to grant an unpaid leave of absence to each employee who is appointed to serve as an Election Inspector, 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 his or her official capacity as an Election Inspector. Upon request of an employer, the City of Glendale will provide verification of the appointment of their employee as an Election Inspector.

**Election Inspectors may not serve at an election where their spouse or immediate family member is a candidate on the ballot, or under other circumstances where a candidate's success or failure to win election would affect the Election Inspector financially. You would need to contact the Clerk's Office if this impacts you at a particular election.

If you are interested in serving the City of Glendale in this capacity, please complete an Election Inspector Application Form and submit it to the City Clerk by mail, dropped off in the Customer Service area of City Hall, placed in the drop box outside City Hall, or via email to M.Humitz@glendalewi.gov.