The Michigan Democratic Party is helping to recruit poll workers for the City of Detroit for the 2020 elections, starting with the March 10 presidential primary. The city needs several poll workers for each of its 500+ election precincts. In addition, hundreds of poll workers are needed to process absentee ballots on Election Day at TCF Center in downtown Detroit (formerly Cobo Hall). Hiring and training all of these folks is a big job! Our election protection team is pitching in with recruiting because having enough qualified poll workers in our state’s most populous city will help ensure that every voter is able to cast a ballot that counts.
Two jobs are available: Electronic Poll Book Inspector in a precinct, and Absentee Counting Board Inspector at TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall).
- Electronic Poll Book Inspectors are responsible for looking up each voter in the electronic poll book (a laptop computer with voter information loaded), confirming their registration, and assigning them a ballot number if they are registered in the precinct and haven’t already voted. This is a very important position that requires you to be comfortable operating a laptop. It also requires inter-personal skills to work with a diverse community population.
- Absentee Counting Board Inspectors are responsible for processing absentee ballots. This involves opening envelopes, organizing the ballots into batches and feeding them into a tabulator, as well as troubleshooting any problems with tabulation. This position does not involve any interaction with the public, since the counting boards are at TCF Center rather than in the precincts. However, it requires you to stay in the absentee counting area from the time you are sworn in until the last ballot is counted. You will need to bring food for the day/evening (coolers permitted) and any necessary medications.
- Must be at least 16 years old
- If 18 or older, must be registered to vote in Michigan
- Can’t be a candidate, or have an immediate family member who is a candidate, in the election (except that precinct delegate candidates may work in a precinct other than the one where they reside)
- Can’t have been convicted of a felony or election crime
- Must attend training
- Must indicate party affiliation on the application; Independent is not an option.
- Electronic Poll Book Inspectors: 6 am until approximately 9 pm on Election Day (depends on whether voters are in line when the polls close at 8 pm and how long it takes to perform closing tasks)
- Absentee Counting Board Inspectors: 6 am on Election Day until the last ballot is counted
- DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN DETROIT?
- IF I SIGN UP NOW, AM I COMMITTING TO WORK EVERY ELECTION IN 2020?
- No. Ideally you will be able to work more than one election in 2020, but you will have an opportunity before each election to indicate if you are available for that one.
- WHERE WILL I BE ASSIGNED TO WORK?
- Electronic Poll Book Inspectors will be assigned to one of 503 polling precincts in the City of Detroit. The City will try to assign you to the closest available polling precinct to your home.
- Absentee Counting Board Inspectors will work at TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall). Free parking will be available — you will be mailed a parking pass.
- WHAT IS THE RATE OF PAY?
- Electronic Poll Book Inspectors will be paid $240 for each Election Day, which includes a mandatory training session
- Absentee Counting Board Inspectors will be paid $175 for each Election Day, which includes a mandatory training session
- WHEN IS THE TRAINING?
- Training sessions will be offered at multiple times, including weekday mornings, evenings and Saturdays, during January and February 2020, and again prior to the August and November elections.
- HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING SESSION?
- Approximately three hours.
- WHERE IS THE TRAINING SESSION?
- Training sessions are offered at Wayne County Community College campuses in Detroit. Special training sessions outside Detroit will also be offered for applicants who apply through the MDP.
- WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PAY?
- Checks are mailed within three to six weeks after each election.
Please apply by filling out the Application Form below, and select a time when you can attend training. The MDP will forward your application to the City of Detroit Elections Department.