BECOME A POLL WORKER
The City of Brodhead encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become an Election Day poll worker (or “Election Inspector” as the position is formally called). The Chief Election Inspector is in charge of the polling place, and has additional training requirements.
Poll workers conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include issuing ballots to registered voters, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment, explaining how to mark the ballot or use the voting equipment or counting votes.
Polling places are open statewide from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Poll workers can work a full day, generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. or later in the case of November elections. Election inspectors can work a split shift.
Poll workers are compensated for working at polling places, and are compensated for attending any required training sessions. Poll workers may also choose to volunteer their services by filing a written declination of compensation with the municipal clerk. According to the IRS: Election workers are common-law employees; however, under IRC 3121b((7)(F)(iv) an exception from FICA is provided for election officials and workers who earn less than a specified amount for a calendar year.
Municipal clerks are required by state law to provide training. This training provides all of the necessary information and knowledge to be successful poll workers.
Poll workers are appointed to two-year terms so you will be asked to make a minimum two-year commitment.
To be a poll worker, a person must:
-Be a qualified elector of the City of Brodhead. (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 28 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
-Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in the English language
-Have strong clerical skills
-Be able to solve problems
-Be an effective communicator
-NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, please contact your City Clerk, Nikolai Wahl, at 608-897-4018 ext. 150; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISCONSIN DISABILITY VOTE COALITION recognizes City of Brodhead for excellence in providing an accessible polling place.