Poll Worker Information
To inquire about becoming a poll worker or complete an application, please contact the City Clerk or visit the Clerk's Office on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (100 Main Street, Menasha). Poll Workers or Election Inspectors facilitate the right to vote and maintain order at the polls on Election Day. They ensure that our elections are open, fair, impartial, and trusted. One of the most rewarding ways to become involved in the election process is to become a Poll Worker.
Poll Worker Interest Form
Poll Worker Qualifications
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be 18 years old (except high school student poll workers)
- Be able to read and write fluently in the English language
- NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election
- Be a qualified elector of the county where the polling place is located
A Poll Worker may also:
- Have strong clerical skills
- Be able to solve problems
- Be an effective communicator
Students qualify to serve as election inspectors if they:
- Are 16 or 17 years of age
- Are enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in a public, private or tribal school
- Have at least a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent
- Have the written approval of their parent or guardian
- Have the written approval of the principal of the school in which they are enrolled, if the student has less than a 3.0 grade point
- Reside in the City of Menasha
- Students may serve only at polling places that serve their residence
Before a student may be appointed as poll worker, the City Clerk must have the following:
- Written authorization from the student's parent or guardian
- Written authorization from the principal of the school where the student is enrolled if the student has less than a 3.0 grade point
Upon appointment, the municipal clerk will notify the principal of the school where the student is enrolled of the date of the election at which the student will serve.
New Poll Worker Packet
The City of Menasha Payroll requires all new poll workers to complete the New Employee Packet, please contact the City Clerk to obtain the New Employee Packet.
Completed packets can be dropped off in-person in the Clerk's Office located at 100 Main Street, 2nd Floor, mailed to the City Clerk, 100 Main Street, Suite 200, Menasha, WI 54952 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Chief Election Inspectors
must be residents of the town, village or city where they live (in a pinch a Chief Inspector can be from the county).
The City of Menasha pays its Poll Workers $10.00/hr for training, in-office assistance, and special voting deputy assistance and a day/shift rate of $140.00 for a full-day shift (6:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m.) and $70.00 for a half-day shift (morning shift - 6:00a.m to 1:30p.m. or evening shift - 1:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.). To receive training payment, you are required to work on Election Day. Lunch and dinner breaks are allowed for full-day and half-day shift workers.
If you wish to decline compensation to volunteer your time, please complete the Declination of Compensation Form.
Approximately five weeks before each election, Poll Workers who indicated availability on their new poll worker paperwork will receive a call or email message providing their polling place.
Poll Workers play a vital role at voting sites on Election Day. They work directly with voters and assist them in any of the following capacities:
- Check-in registered voters in the poll books and provide the voters with a ballot and voter number
- Register qualified individuals to vote who are new voters or have an address or name change
- Monitor the voting machine to verify ballots are accepted and give out "I Voted" stickers to voters