Election Inspectors

The City Clerk’s Office is always looking for qualified individuals that enjoy working with the public to staff our precincts on Election Day.


To work as an Election Inspector, you must be:

  1. Registered Voter in Michigan
  2. or High School Student over 16 yrs. of age & U.S. Citizen
  3. Available on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
  4. Not running or related to someone running for office on that election ballot
  5. Declare a Political Party Affiliation on Application 
  6. Attend Mandatory Training

Workers are paid for Election Day & Mandatory Training Class 

  • Precinct Election Inspectors: Pay starts at $175 for the day and $10 per hour for mandatory training.
  • Absentee Voter Counting Board (AVCB): Pay starts at $150 for the day and $10 per hour for mandatory training.

Precinct Duties

Precinct Election Inspectors work with the Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, and other inspectors to set up the precinct on Election Day starting at 6:00 a.m. They assist voters throughout the voting process by checking their identification, verifying that the voter is eligible to vote and is in the correct voting precinct, recording the voter in the electronic poll book, assigning/issuing their ballot, assisting them with tabulating their ballot, as well as resolving any issues that arise during the day. Election Inspectors also assist in closing the precinct. The Chairperson will release staff after the polls close / the last voter has voted, and the voting equipment has been cleaned up. 

Absentee Voter Counting Board Duties

AVCB Election Inspectors audit and process returned absentee voter ballots, including tabulation.  AVCB Election Inspectors are sequestered for the entire day and cannot be in possession of any recording devices, including cell phones. 

Please see Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for more information. Please see Election Inspector Updates (PDF) for the latest inspector information.

If you qualify and would like to work as an Election Inspector, please complete and submit an  Election Inspector Application (PDF).