Michigan is in need of election workers, called Election Inspectors, to help the polls. Photo by Franz Knight
Michigan is in need of election workers, called Election Inspectors, to help the polls.

Here’s why people are needed more than ever for the paid and volunteer positions in Michigan.

LANSING, MI — They’re known as the MVPs of democracy around Michigan.

The elections in 2020 have created a unique set of circumstances and needs at the polls. Enter election workers to help pull it off. 

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy, and our nation has a long history of holding them even in times of crisis and uncertainty,” Secretary of state Jocelyn Benson said in a statement. “All election work will be done in strict adherence to the protocols to prevent coronavirus transmission, including exercising social distancing, using sanitary equipment, and maintaining strong hygiene.”

Senior citizens made up a large percentage of Michigan’s Election Inspectors before the coronavirus was confirmed in the state. Many in the vulnerable population are now choosing to remain home and vote by mail, rather than expose themselves to the coronavirus with long shifts at polling locations where they encounter hundreds—sometimes thousands—of people.

Without the reliable volunteers and Election Inspectors, Michigan is in need of poll workers to fill positions at polling places and satellite clerk offices throughout the state. 

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Both volunteer and paid positions are available. Pay rates can vary by county or township.

Some positions require interaction with the general public, while others like ballot-counting do not. Michigan hires election workers aged 16 and older. Anyone 18 years of age or older must be registered to vote.

Ready to Apply? 

Here are the links to get you started: 

Click here to apply for a position as a Michigan Election Inspector.

Click here to apply for positions specifically in Detroit

Click here to apply for positions in Washtenaw County.

Click here to apply for positions in Oakland County.

Click here to apply for positions in Grand Rapids.

For additional information, visit michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP.

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