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What is a Paid Poll Worker?

Having representation of both Republican and Democrat poll workers in every polling location is specifically written into state statutes and is one of the most effective ways to ensure the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections.

Election Inspectors (also known as a Poll Inspectors or Poll Workers) are trained and paid by their local municipalities to register voters, issue ballots on election day, monitor voting equipment, explain the balloting process and voting equipment to voters on election day, assist with ballot counting, and help ensure all election laws are followed by everyone. The RPKC assists in recruiting and organizing poll workers for elections and nominates poll workers every two years.

Even though this is the best way to directly ensure there is accountability in your local election locations, we sadly often have a significant amount of drop-outs or no-shows. This means election locations may be packed full of Democrat poll workers and only 1-2 Republicans. For this reason, we only want volunteers who are serious about election integrity and who are committed to working the polls.

Each municipality decides on its own scheduling, so your hours and days may vary from place to place. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, you’ll be trained by your municipality and shown what to do. Contact us today if you’d like to make a huge difference and work the polls.


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