Excerpt from Ruth Johnson, Michigan Secretary of State

How Can I Become an Election Inspector? 

If you have ever wondered how to become more active in government, there are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Michigan has 83 counties, 274 cities, and 1,242 townships. During an election, each of these units of government requires a staff of paid workers to work at the polls.

Precinct inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters interested in serving as election inspectors must submit an election inspector application to their local clerk. In addition to their name, address and date of birth, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education or experience.

A precinct (election) inspector must be a registered voter of the State. They cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve.  Precinct inspectors are covered by the federal Minimum Wage Act.

Submit the Election Inspector Application to the city or township clerk of your choice.  The city or township clerk will be able to answer any questions you have regarding becoming and/or being a precinct inspector. Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming a precinct inspector?

Election Inspector information from the Niles City Clerk
Your Niles City Clerk is Linda Casperson
email: cityclerk@nilesmi.org
Call 269-683-4700 ext 3030