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Have you been wondering how elections work? Do you want to make a difference in your community? The City of Ann Arbor is hiring election inspectors to work the Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024! This is a wonderful way to learn about election processes, ​meet great people, provide community service and get a little extra cash - starting pay is now $18.00 per hour!

For more information, email the city election inspector recruiter at [email protected].  

To apply now, complete the Application for Election Inspectors (PDF) and mail, email, or hand deliver it to the City Clerk's Office. 

Election Inspector Positions

  • ​Poll Worker
    • Poll Workers can be assigned to any of the City's 47 precincts. They work from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m. (with two one-hour paid breaks!) to set up for the day, process voters, then pack up and close the polls. This is our greatest need!

  • Absentee Voter Count Board Worker
    • ​The AVCB operates like a precinct except instead of processing voters, AVCB workers process and tabulate all the absentee ballots that have been returned to the Clerk's office. The AVCB is sequestered at Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave., from 8:00 a.m. until the last ballot has been processed, typically 11:00 p.m. or later.

  • Receiving Board Worker
    • Receiving Board Workers work in pairs (one Republican and one Democrat) to check the paperwork returned at the end of the night from the precincts, verifying that that everything is in order. Receiving Board Workers start at 7:30 p.m. and work until approximately 11:00 p.m. 
  • Early Vote Site Worker
    • Early Vote Site workers can work at any of the City's early vote sites. These sites operate like a precinct, but have daytime hours and will be open for the Presidential Primary from February 17th through February 25th, 2024.

If you have previously worked a City of Ann Arbor election as an election inspector or chairperson, there is no need to reapply, you will receive an email from the recruiter approximately 60 days prior to each election regarding your availability to work on Election Day!

Attention High School Students!

The City of Ann Arbor is currently recruiting new student election inspectors in good academic
standing to work at the polls. Taking part in the Student Election Inspector Program is a great way to distinguish yourself when you apply to college. Pay for student election inspectors is $18.00​/hour. Sign up today!

To apply complete the Student Electi​on Inspector Packet​​​ (PDF) and email the required information to [email protected].

Election Inspector Resources

Election Inspector Training Materials

Election Inspector Training Videos

Absentee Count Board (AVCB) Training Materials​

Election Inspector Cell Phone Stipend

Good to Know: Voter Photo ID Requirements

Voters in the State of Michigan are required to present a valid photo identification at the polls on Election Day in order to vote, OR if a voter does not have acceptable photo identification with them, the voter will be required to sign an affidavit before an election inspector stating so, in order to vote.

Voters may satisfy the photo identification requirement with any of the following documents, as long as they are current:

  • Michigan driver's license or personal identification card (can be expired)​.

  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state.

  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification.

  • U.S. passport.

  • Military identification with photo.

  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education. (Attention U-M students: Bring your M-Card!)

  • Tribal identification card with photo.

IMPORTANT - Voters without ID will not be turned away on Election Day! Any voter not possessing valid ID on Election Day can sign an affidavit in order to vote.