Becoming an Election Official

Election Officials perform a very important public service by enhancing the high quality and integrity of elections. Join this team of individuals who help ensure this basic right of citizenship.   

We need committed workers!  If you are a qualified elector, have energy, stamina and perseverance, possess good reading skills, can print clearly, and are willing to work to serve your community, please complete the Election Inspector Application and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 2000 Municipal Drive, Neenah, WI  54956. For more information call 720-7103. 

Election Inspectors are given an Oath of Office for a two-year term and are paid or may volunteer their services.  Lunch is provided compliments of the Town of Menasha. 

Election Inspectors arrive at the polls at 6:15 a.m. to organize the polling place and must be able to remain after 8:00 p.m. until all forms are completed, unless working split shift at busier elections.   

Inspectors set up election machines, prepare voting booths, register new voters, check poll lists, distribute ballots, and complete election forms.  

  

High School Students as Election Inspectors

In 2001, Wisconsin Act 109 was created to allow High School Students to work as Election Inspectors -Section 7.30 (2)(am)  

Qualifications
A student qualifies to serve as an election inspector at the polling place of the student’s residence, if the student 

1.  Is 16 or 17 years of age,

2.  Is enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in a public or private school,

3.  Has at least a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent,

4.  Has the approval of the pupil’s parent or guardian, and

5.  Has the approval of the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled.

Written Authorization
Before appointment by any municipality of a pupil as an inspector under this paragraph, the municipal clerk shall obtain written authorization from the pupil’s parent or guardian and from the principal of the school where the pupil is enrolled for the pupil to serve for the entire term for which he or she is appointed.  Upon appointment, the municipal clerk shall notify the principal of the school where the pupil is enrolled with the date of expiration of the pupil’s term of office. 

If interested, return the completed Authorization to Serve as Election Inspector form to the Town Clerk’s office. 

Restrictions

  1. 1.   A student may serve as an inspector at a polling place only if at least one election official at the polling place other than the chief inspector is a qualified elector of this state.

  2. A student may not serve as chief inspector at a polling place.

  3. A student serving as an election inspector may not challenge any person offering to vote.         §6.92(2), Stats