Information for Poll Workers

The Washtenaw County Clerk/Register’s office is closed through April 13, 2020.

Our offices will not be available in-person or by phone during this time.

Certain Clerk/Register services WILL CONTINUE at reduced capacity ONLINE and BY MAIL - PLEASE SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Become a Poll Worker! - Submit your Online Interest Form today!

Poll workers (also called Election Inspectors) are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. They are vital to the voting process and ensure the right to vote - they make voting possible!  

Cities and townships in Washtenaw County are recruiting registered voters and youth age 16 to 18 to serve their community as poll workers.

What does a Poll Worker do?poll_workers_needed_sign clerk

Poll Workers are responsible for the following tasks on Election Day:

  • Verifying voter registration
  • Issuing ballots
  • Ensuring voter privacy and ballot secrecy
  • Managing ballot tabulators & electronic poll book software
  • Ensuring the accuracy of critical data
  • Offering instructing on the voting process

Who can serve as a Poll Worker? 

A poll worker must be a registered voter in the State of Michigan. Exception: individuals age 16-17 not yet registered to vote but who will be qualified to register to vote when they meet the minimum age may serve as poll workers. 

A poll worker cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate’s immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve. 

How do I become a Poll Worker?

Complete an online Poll Worker Interest Form to be connected with a city or township Clerk! 

Or, you can submit a Poll Worker Application (PDF) directly to the city or township where you choose to apply. You can find your city or township Clerk through the Michigan Voter Information Center

The Clerk will be able to answer any questions you have.

Want more Information?

Voting MachineEmail the Washtenaw County Clerk - Elections Division or call us at (734) 222-6730. 

Check out the main Election page for information on upcoming elections, candidates & proposals, election results, precinct & district maps, campaign finance disclosure & other information.