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Becoming an Election Worker

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Election integrity is something we all want, and is important to our political process  Your participation is crucial to achieving fair and honest elections.  Every one of us has the opportunity to help further that goal by participating in election day activities by becoming an Election Inspector or a Poll Challenger. 

Election inspectors are paid positions which require training by the county or local jurisdiction, whereas Poll Challengers are volunteer positions with training being provided by the Washtenaw County Republican Party. Knowing the election rules and procedures are equally important for both positions.  

Training for Poll Challengers will be provided on Saturday March 5th from 10:00 - 12:00 AM.  

If you would instead like to train as an Election Inspector it may already be too late for the March 8th Primary but let us know about your willingness to serve and we'll contact you with more information so you can get trained and serve in subsequent elections.

Please consider signing up for these important positions using the form below.  

General Poll Challenger Information

  • A challenger must be a registered voter in the state of Michigan.
  • A challenger may not be a candidate for any elective office in the election. (Exception: a candidate for precinct delegate may serve as a challenger in a precinct other than the precinct in which he or she is a candidate.)
  • A person appointed as an election inspector at the election may not act as a challenger at any time throughout the course of the day.
  • A challenger may be assigned to serve in any precinct or absent voter counting board established in the state. In addition, a challenger may be assigned to serve in any number of precincts.
  • A political party, group or organization may not have more than two challengers present in a voting precinct or more than one challenger present in an absent voter counting board at any time throughout the course of the day. A political party, group or organization may rotate challengers assigned to a voting precinct; a challenger assigned to an absent voter counting board must remain in the room in which the absent voter counting board is working until the close of the polls (8 p.m.)
  • All challengers must carry an identification card issued by the appointing political party, group or organization. The identification card must show the challenger’s name; the name of the appointing political party, group or organization; and the precinct or precincts in which the challenger is authorized to serve. It is recommended that challengers wear an identification badge which bears the words “ELECTION CHALLENGER.” Upon entering a precinct, the challenger must exhibit the identification card to the precinct chairperson.
  • A challenger appointed to serve in an absent voter counting board is required to take and sign the following oath: “I (name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I shall not communicate in any way information relative to the processing or tallying of voters that may come to me while in this counting place until after the polls are closed.” The oath may be administered by any member of the absent voter counting board.
Please select the position you would like to serve in for upcoming elections.
Please enter the city, township or village that you vote in (may differ from your mailing address).
Please enter your voting ward if known.
Please enter your voting precinct if known.