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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 [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. 

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 $13.00/hour. Sign up today!

To apply complete the Student Election 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.
  • 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.