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Apply to Become a Poll Worker

Work the polls and earn $120 for service on Election day
Post Date:02/24/2020 12:15 PM

poll workerWe rely on poll workers to conduct open, accurate, and fair elections in Wauwatosa. We're hiring poll workers to work at the polls for every election. When you're hired, you're appointed for a two-year term. We'll train you before each election, so you know the various procedures to follow.

Download the poll worker application and submit it to the City Clerk's office.

Call the City Clerk's office with questions: (414) 479-8917

Poll worker responsibilities:

  • Set up the polling place before the polls open
  • Register voters
  • Maintain poll books
  • Issue ballots to registered voters
  • Monitor the use of voting equipment
  • Assist voters in determining their wards or polling location
  • Assist the Chief Inspector in closing the polls and completing end of night paperwork


  • Be a qualified elector of Milwaukee County
  • Be an adult U.S. Citizen
  • Have resided in the election district for 10 days and is not otherwise disqualified from voting
  • Have strong clerical skills and be able to work in a team setting
  • Be physically able to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the election you're serving

Our poll workers work from 6:00 am until the completion of their duties (approximately 10:00 pm). A lunch/dinner break of 30 minutes may be possible during slower elections, but busy elections may require you to stay at the polling place for your lunch/dinner break. Many of our poll workers bring snacks.

High School Student Requirements

High school students can apply to be poll workers, too. Students must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Has at least a 3.0 grade point average (or has written approval of the principal of the school if they have less than a 3.0 grade point average)
  • Has written approval from their parent or guardian
  • Lives within the area of the polling place at which they serve
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