Poll Workers

How Do I Become A Poll Worker?
   
Pollworker
To inquire about becoming a poll worker or complete an application, please contact the City Clerk or visit the Clerk's Office on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (100 Main Street, Menasha). Poll Workers or Election Inspectors facilitate the right to vote and maintain order at the polls on Election Day. They ensure that our elections are open, fair, impartial, and trusted. One of the most rewarding ways to become involved in the election process is to become a Poll Worker. 

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  What qualifications do you need to be a poll worker? 
  - Be a U.S. citizen
 - Be 18 years old (except high school student poll workers)
 - 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
 - Be a qualified elector of the county where the polling place is located

A Poll Worker may also:
 - Have strong clerical skills
 - Be able to solve problems
 - Be an effective communicator
   
  I'm in high school, and I'd love to learn more about the electoral process - how can I help out my community?
 
Yes, we'd love to have you!  Below are the requirements to help on Election Day, per the Wisconsin Elections Commission:

 - Are 16 or 17 years of age
 - Are enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in a public, private or tribal school
 - Have at least a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent
 - Have the written approval of their parent or guardian AND the principal of the school
 - Reside in the City of Menasha 
 - Students may serve only at polling places that serve their residence

Upon appointment, the City Clerk will notify the principal of the school where the student is enrolled of the date of the election. 
   
  How much do poll workers get paid?
  The City of Menasha pays its Poll Workers $10.00/hour for training, in-office assistance, and special voting deputy assistance and a day/shift rate of $140.00 for a full-day shift (6:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m.) and $70.00 for a half-day shift (morning shift - 6:00a.m to 1:30p.m. or evening shift - 1:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.). To receive training payment, you are required to work on Election Day. Lunch and dinner breaks are allowed for full-day and half-day shift workers.  If you wish to decline compensation to volunteer your time, please complete the

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  What roles are there for poll workers?
  Approximately 4 to 5 weeks prior to an election, Poll Workers who are on the Clerk's roster for election inspectors will be contacted via e-mail expressing the opportunity for Poll Worker Sign-Up week.  Poll Workers are to contact the Clerk's Office (through e-mail, phone call, or visit in-person) to confirm their availability to work the polls and to express preferred time and placement of work.

Poll Workers play a vital role at voting sites on Election Day. They work directly with voters and assist them in any of the following capacities:

 - Greeter
-  Check-in registered voters in the poll books and provide the voters with a ballot and voter number (Badger Book Attendant)
 - Issue ballots to voters (Ballot Table Operator)
-  Absentee Ballot Processor 
 - Register qualified individuals to vote who are new voters or have an address or name change (Badger Book Attendant)
 - Monitor the voting machine to verify ballots are accepted and give out "I Voted" stickers to voters (Tabulator Attendant)
  More Information Regarding Working The Polls Can Be Found On The Wisconsin Election Commission Website.
   
  Poll Worker Overview Guide (Last Rev. 3/2024)
   
Poll Worker Overview