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Have You Considered Working as a Precinct Inspector?
If you've ever wondered how to become more active in government, there's plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Michigan has 277 cities and 1,240 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 the clerk of the city or township where they wish to serve. (An individual can serve as an election inspector in any city or township in the county where he or she resides.) 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 inspector must be a registered voter. 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 elections crime may not serve.
Precinct inspectors are covered by the federal Minimum Wage Act.
Your city or township clerk will be able to answer any questions about how to apply to become a precinct inspector. Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming a precinct inspector?