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Election Inspectors

Make a difference and help others do so, too, by becoming an election inspector. The City of Ann Arbor needs pleasant, hard-working, dependable people to work on Election Day. This is a wonderful way to meet great people, provide community service and get a little extra cash - starting pay rates are now $13.00 per hour! The City of Ann Arbor is recruiting for three different positions on Election Day:

  • Poll Worker – Workers can be assigned to any of the city’s 53 precincts working the polls from 6:00 AM until approximately 10:00 PM. Includes two one hour paid breaks.
  • Absentee Voter Count Board – The AVCB operates like a precinct except, instead of processing voters, the election inspectors process and tabulate all of the absentee ballots. AVCB workers are sequestered in City Hall from 8:00 AM – until the last ballot has been processed, typically 10:00 PM or later.
  • Receiving Board – Receiving board workers operate in pairs (One Republican and One Democrat) to check in the ballot returns at the end of the night, conducting a final review of the paperwork and the materials brought back from the precincts. Receiving Board workers start at 7:00 PM and work until approximately 11:00 PM.

For more information, email the city election inspector recruiter at Recruiters@a2gov.org.  

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

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 on November 6 – on a first trained, first hired basis. The following
high schools are participating: Community, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline. Taking part in the
Student Election Inspector Program is a great way to distinguish yourself when you apply to
college. Pay rates for November 6 are starting at $13.00/hour. Sign up today!

To apply complete the Student Election Inspector Packet (PDF) and email the required information to Election2018@a2gov.org.

Election Inspector Resources

Election Inspector Training Materials

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Good to Know: Voter Photo ID Requirements

Voters in the State of Michigan are now required to present a valid photo identification at the polls on Election Day in order to vote! This change is due to a recent State of Michigan Supreme Court ruling - In re REQUEST FOR ADVISORY OPINION REGARDING CONSTITUTIONALITY OF 2005 PA 71 (Docket no. 130589).

Effective with the Nov. 6, 2007, City Election and every election thereafter, before being given a ballot, each registered voter will be required to present an acceptable form of picture identification. If a voter does not have an acceptable picture identification card OR does not bring identification to the polling place, the voter will be required to sign an affidavit before an election inspector stating so, in order to vote.

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

  • Michigan driver's license or personal identification card.
  • 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.