Election Worker Application

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  • Michigan elections have 3 worker components: Early Voting, Election Day, and Election Day Absent Voter Counting Board.
  • Michigan voters have the right to cast a ballot early and in person at an early voting site before Election Day. Early Voting sites are open for 9 consecutive days prior to each statewide and federal election starting the second Saturday prior to each election and ending the Sunday before each election. The City of Wyandotte's early voting site is the Copeland Center, 2306 4th St., and will be open from 8am-4pm for voting. Election Workers are staffed at this location each of the 9 days, including weekends, from 7am-5pm. More information on Early Voting can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/elections/voting/early-in-person-voting.
  • On Election Day, polls are open from 7am-8pm. Election Workers are staffed at any of our 5 polling locations from 6am-approximately 9pm  (or, until the last voter has cast their ballot and the processing/cleanup is completed). More information on Election Day Voting can be found here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Home/VoteInPerson.
  • Our Absent Voter Counting Board processes all of the absentee ballots received by the City for each election. These Election Workers report to the Council Chambers of City Hall and work from 8am-approximately 9pm (or, until the last ballot has been processed and reports are completed). More information on Absentee Voting can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/elections/voting/absentee-voting. Our AV Counting Board is staffed by service/athletic/non-profit organizations that have at least 10-20 people who would like to work the AVCB as an organization fundraiser. If you are part of an interested group, CALL US!
  • Election workers are called upon to work on Election Days in the City of Wyandotte and associated training days ONLY.
  • Each election has different staffing needs and individuals may not be called upon for EVERY election held in the City of Wyandotte.


  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • If you are 18 years of age or better, you MUST be a registered voter in the State of Michigan.
  • Must complete and file an Election Inspector Application. The applicant MUST list a political party affiliation (not Independent) on the application.
  • Must attend a MANDATORY paid training session(s) prior to working as an election inspector.
  • Must have no felony or election fraud convictions.
  • An inspector cannot be a candidate, challenger, or member of the Board of Canvassers.
  • A member of a candidate's immediate family cannot serve as an election inspector.

Training and Assignment Information

  • Before you are placed on an election board, it is necessary to complete one (1) election inspector training session. Notification of training sessions will be by mail. 
  • There may be a 6-month to 1-year wait to be placed on an election board depending on how many elections are scheduled in any given year. Applicants willing to travel within city limits and applicants willing to take a last-minute appointment may be placed sooner. 
  • ALL trained Election Inspectors are “chairperson qualified.” After you have worked a few elections, you may be called upon to substitute in precincts that need a chairperson. 
  • Normally, you will be notified of your assignment by mail. You will be required to respond by phone or email to confirm your appointment. If there is a last minute cancellation, you may be telephoned (up to the day of the election) and asked to replace a canceled inspector.

 Election Day Requirements

  • The polling place must be open for voting between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Workers must be willing and able to complete an entire shift, as explained in the 'Information' section above.
  • A majority of the board must be in attendance at the polling place at all times during the election.  For example, if the board consists of four inspectors, at least three must remain on duty at all times.  A member of the election board will be able to take breaks, in coordination with the precinct schedule as set by the Precinct Chairperson, as long as his/her absence does not interrupt the orderly operation of the polling place and a majority of the board is still present.
  • Election inspectors must report for work at the time set by the Wyandotte City Clerk, usually around 6:00 a.m.
  • After the polls close at 8:00 p.m., election inspectors must prepare the election materials that are delivered to City Hall by the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson.  The rest of the supplies and equipment must also be stored securely before leaving the polling place.
 Current Pay Rates
  • Early Voting Inspectors:
    • $150 per day. There are 6-8 Inspectors needed for each day of early voting depending on the type of election.
  • Election Day Workers:
    • Inspectors receive $200 for Election Day. There are 2-4 Inspectors per precinct depending on the type of election.
    • Co-Chairpersons receive $225 for Election Day. There is 1 Co-Chairperson per precinct for all elections.
    • Chairpersons receive $250 for Election Day. There is 1 Chairperson per precinct for all elections.




Days to be staffed


Early Voting

7am - 5pm

*A select group of workers will be needed on Election Day to close polls from
8pm - approx. 10pm

9 days prior to Election Day
*Two Saturdays prior to election day until the Sunday before Election Day*


Election Day

6am - approx. 9pm
(or until all ballots are cast and reports are signed)

Election Day only

Inspector - $200

Co-Chairperson - $225

Chairperson - $250

Please apply in person, M-F from 8:30-4:30, at: 

Wyandotte City Clerk’s Office
3200 Biddle Ave., Suite 100
Wyandotte, MI  48192

If you have any questions, please call (734) 324-4560


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