Wisconsin still needs about 900 poll workers for the fall primary election -- here's how to apply

Updated: 4:20 p.m. on August 4, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- With one week to go before Wisconsin's fall primary election, clerks around the state still need about 900 poll workers. 

A lot of poll workers tend to be older and have health issues, and that has led to a shortage during the pandemic.

The Wisconsin Election Commission put out a call for help Tuesday, Aug. 4. 

If you're interested, the clerks in your county will provide training, and personal protective equipment will be supplied.

Contact your municipal clerk's office for more information or click HERE.


Posted: 3:04 p.m. on July 14, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee has put out a call for poll workers. They're needed both for the Aug. 11 primary, and the Nov. 3 general election. 

The so-called "Election Inspectors" are paid $230 (hazard pay increase for 2020 Fall Elections) for a full-day shift and are required to attend one paid training class ($21.75) or retraining ($15.00). To receive training class payment, you are required to work on Election Day. Lunch and dinner breaks are allowed for full-day shift workers. A full-day shift is 6:00 a.m. to close of the voting site. Half-day shifts are available.

The city needs bilingual poll workers as well. 

A shortage of poll workers on April 7 was blamed for Milwaukee having only five polling places open. 

According to a news release, election Inspectors play a vital role at voting sites. They work directly with voters and assist them in any of the following capacities:

  • Check-in registered voters and provide the voters with a ballot and voter number.
  • Register qualified individuals to vote who are new voters or have an address or name change.
  • Handle the voting machine to verify ballots are accepted and give out "I Voted" stickers.

For more information, CLICK HERE

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