Purpose of the Position Benefits Supplemental Questions
Election Inspectors are the gatekeepers of Democracy. They are vital to efficient and transparent elections. Election Inspectors proudly conduct elections with accuracy and integrity.
The City of Wausau Clerk's Office needs more than 100 Election Inspectors (sometimes called "Poll Workers") to work at the polls for a general election. You can join this team of caring individuals who help ensure this basic right of citizenship: to vote in a fair, free election.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Election Inspectors are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place.
Organize and set up the polling place before polls open
Issue ballots to registered voters
Maintain the poll books
Provide instructions and assistance to voters
Explain use of the voting equipment
Complete Election Day forms
Tally write-in votes
Assist in the counting of absentee ballots
Close the polls
QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ELECTION INSPECTOR
Be a qualified elector of Marathon County
Be an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for ten (10) days and is not otherwise disqualified from voting
Be able to speak, read, and write fluently the English language
Have strong clerical skills and be an effective communicator
Be able to solve problems
Be capable of a good understanding of election laws and procedures
Work well in a team environment and enjoy people and service to others
Be physically able to stand and sit for long periods of time
NOT currently serving a sentence including probation or parole for a felony conviction
NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at that election
Election Inspectors work from 6:00 a.m. until the completion of their duties (approximately 10:00 p.m.). A lunch break of a half hour may be possible during slower elections, but busy elections may require you to stay at the polling place and bring necessary meals and snacks. Half-day or shorter shifts are available, but whole days are preferred.
Election Inspectors are appointed for a two-year term. If you are not scheduled for a specific election, you will be considered an alternate and asked to work if a vacancy occurs. It is always our goal to place you in your own district; however, if you are willing to help where needed, it is easier to make assignments.
Mandatory training sessions are provided before each election by the Municipal Clerk and staff. These sessions are paid and typically last 1-2 hours. Training sessions are generally held the Wednesday before an Election Day.
Election Inspectors are paid $8.16 per hour to attend an Election Inspector training class and for service on Election Day. Election Inspectors are considered a seasonal position and therefore are not eligible for unemployment compensation.
Wisconsin law requires every employer to grant an unpaid leave of absence to each employee who is appointed to serve as an Election Inspector, if the employee who serves as an Election Inspector provides his/her employer with at least seven (7) days' notice of appointment. The leave is for the entire 24-hour period of each Election Day in which the employee serves in his/her official capacity as an Election Inspector. Upon requires of any employer, Municipal Clerks must verify appointments.
The City of Wausau will hire Election Inspectors who are party and non-party affiliated, HOWEVER, those who are party affiliated (on a list submitted and certified by the political party) will fill available Election Inspector positions first. To affiliate with one of the two dominant political parties, please contact the chairperson of the political party.
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