Poll Worker Information
Become a Poll Worker
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.
Poll Worker Application
What are the qualifications to become a Poll Worker?
Poll Worker Qualifications
- 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 am a High School student and want to become a Poll Worker.
High School student Poll Worker qualifications:
- 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 does a Poll Worker get paid?
The City of Menasha pays its Poll Workers $10.00/hr 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 Declination of Compensation Form.
What are the roles a poll worker may be assigned?
Approximately five weeks before each election, Poll Workers who indicated availability on their new poll worker paperwork will receive a call or email message providing their polling place.
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:
- Check-in registered voters in the poll books and provide the voters with a ballot and voter number
- Issue ballots to voters
- Register qualified individuals to vote who are new voters or have an address or name change
- Monitor the voting machine to verify ballots are accepted and give out "I Voted" stickers to voters