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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Village Needs Several More Poll Workers

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The Village of Shorewood Clerk’s Office is low on the number of Election Inspectors and especially the number of Chief Election Inspectors needed for the upcoming two-year inspector term (2022-2023). The term starts with the 2022 Spring Primary Election on February 15, 2022. If you are looking for an opportunity to fulfill your civic duty, to give back to your community or to simply be available to greet your friends and neighbors on Election Day, here’s your chance.

The basic requirements to be an Election Inspector (also known as a poll worker) are:
  • Be a qualified elector in Milwaukee County (i.e. an adult U.S. citizen who has resided in Milwaukee County for 10 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified from voting)
  • Be able to fluently speak, read and write the English language
  • Have strong clerical, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Possess good handwriting, vision, hearing, attention to detail, and the ability to follow directions
  • NOT be a candidate for any office on the ballot for the election taking place
  • Familiarity and skills with keyboarding, scanner, computer and mouse helpful
  • Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time

Election Inspectors are the keepers of democracy and are crucial to conducting open, accurate, dignified and fair elections in Wisconsin. Election Inspectors handle a variety of assigned duties at a polling location on Election Day. Some of the duties include: issuing ballots, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment, and completing required paperwork. Election Inspectors do receive a stipend for their services. To ensure that our Election Inspectors are able to fulfill their assignments on Election Day, paid training is provided prior to each election.

The Chief Election Inspector serves as the lead election official at a polling place. In order to become a Chief Election Inspector, you must complete online or in-person baseline training which lasts about two hours.

If you are interested in learning more about being an Election Inspector, please visit the Village website or complete an application. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Village Clerk Toya Harrell at 414-847-2608 or via email at tharrell@shorewoodwi.gov.

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