Village of Frederic

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Village of Frederic

A beautiful place to visit, a great place to live!

107 Hope Road W., P.O. Box 567

Frederic, WI 54837

Office 715-327-4294

Fax 715-327-4455

clerk@fredericwi.com

BECOMING A POLL WORKER

The Village of Frederic encourages all citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to become involved is to serve in your community as a poll worker or "Election Inspector" as the position is formally called.

Citizen Involvement
Citizen involvement is essential in conducting open, accurate, and fair elections. We hope that you will consider participating in the election process by signing up to be a poll worker.

Generally, the polling places are staffed with a total of 8 election inspectors. For a presidential election, an additional 2 to 3 poll workers are needed. To help you make an informed decision before applying for the position, please review the following information.

Responsibilities of an Election Inspector
Election inspectors conduct assigned duties at a polling site on election day. General duties include:

  • Organizing the polling place before the polls open
  • Election day voter registration
  • Checking in voters on the poll book and assigning each voter on the poll book a sequential election day voter number
  • Issuing ballots
  • Assisting voters and providing instruction as necessary
  • Processing absentee ballots
  • Monitoring the voting equipment
  • Signing and assisting with paperwork for the city and county such as tally sheets, write-ins, inspectors' statements, and oath certificates


Hours of Work and Compensation
Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll workers may work a full day, generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9 p.m. or later in the case of November elections. Half-day shifts are also available. Breaks and lunch / dinner hours are allowed and determined by the chief election inspector. For a busier election, you are encouraged to bring necessary meals with you.

Election inspectors are compensated for working at the polling place and for attending training sessions. The current pay for election inspectors is $9.00 per hour.

Training Requirements
The Village Clerk’s Office provides training on the Thursday evening prior to every primary and election at 4 p.m., if necessary. These training sessions last approximately one hour.

A chief election inspector who has been certified by the Government Accountability Board must be present at each polling place for every election. Chief election inspectors and alternate chief election inspectors must receive six hours of continuing election education training during each two-year period. There is additional pay for those serving in these positions. The current pay for chief election inspectors is $11.00/hr.

Length of Commitment
Poll workers are appointed to two-year terms. However, committing to an election or being available to fill in at the last moment is also appreciated.

Qualifications
To be a poll worker, a person must:

  • Be a qualified elector of the county in which the polling place is established (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 28 days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
  • Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in the English language
  • Have strong clerical skills
  • Be able to solve problems
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.


High School Poll Workers
In the Village of Frederic, high school students are encouraged to work as election inspectors. A student who is 16 or 17 years of age and who is enrolled in grades 9-12 in a public or private high school and has at least a 3.0 GPA may serve as an election inspector. The village clerk must receive written authorization from the student's parent or guardian and school principal for the student to serve at the presidential election.

Apply
If you would like to apply for a poll worker position, please complete the application below or contact the Village Clerk's Office at 715-327-4294, and we will mail you an application.

Application to Serve for Elections

Thank you for your interest in serving as a poll worker in the Village of Frederic