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Become a Poll Worker
The City of River Falls encourages all citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to become involved is to serve in your community as a poll worker or "Election Inspector" as the position is formally called.

Citizen Involvement

Citizen involvement is essential in conducting open, accurate, and fair elections. We hope that you will consider participating in the election process by signing up to be a poll worker.

Generally, the polling places are staffed with a total of 35 election inspectors. For a presidential election, an additional 20 to 25 poll workers are needed. To help you make an informed decision before applying for the position, please review the following information.

Responsibilities of an Election Inspector
Election inspectors conduct assigned duties at a polling site on election day. General duties include:
  • Organizing the polling place before the polls open
  • Election day voter registration
  • Checking in voters on the poll book and assigning each voter on the poll book a sequential election day voter number
  • Issuing ballots
  • Assisting voters and providing instruction as necessary
  • Processing absentee ballots
  • Monitoring the voting equipment
  • Signing and assisting with paperwork for the city and county such as tally sheets, write-ins, inspectors' statements, and oath certificates

Hours of Work and Compensation
Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll workers may work a full day, generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9 p.m. or later in the case of November elections. Half-day shifts are also available. Breaks and lunch / dinner hours are allowed and determined by the chief election inspector. For a busier election, you are encouraged to bring necessary meals with you.

Election inspectors are compensated for working at the polling place and for attending training sessions. The current pay for election inspectors is $8.25 per hour.

Training Requirements
The City Clerk’s Office provides training on the Thursday evening prior to every primary and election at 4 p.m. These training sessions last approximately one hour.

A chief election inspector who has been certified by the Government Accountability Board must be present at each polling place for every election. Chief election inspectors and alternate chief election inspectors must receive six hours of continuing election education training during each two-year period. There is additional pay for those serving in these positions. The current pay for chief election inspectors is $10.00/hr.

Length of Commitment
Poll workers are appointed to two-year terms. However, committing to an election or being available to fill in at the last moment is also appreciated.

Location of Work

Every effort is made to assign a poll worker to his or her neighborhood polling place. However, there are times when the city clerk requests poll workers to be willing and flexible to cover vacancies at other sites.


To be a poll worker, a person must:
  • Be a qualified elector of the county in which the polling place is established (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 28 days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
  • Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in the English language
  • Have strong clerical skills
  • Be able to solve problems
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.

Special Registration Deputy
Under state statute 6.26, any qualified elector of the State of Wisconsin may apply to the city clerk to be appointed as a special registration deputy to register voters in the City of River Falls.

No individual may serve as a special registration deputy unless they have completed at least one approved training program within the last two calendar years (starting January of odd years through December of even years). Training programs are normally conducted by the City Clerk’s Office once a year. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 715-426-3419 for more information.

High School Poll Workers

In the City of River Falls, high school students are encouraged to work as election inspectors at the presidential election. A student who is 16 or 17 years of age and who is enrolled in grades 9-12 in a public or private high school and has at least a 3.0 GPA may serve as an election inspector.  The municipal clerk must receive written authorization from the student's parent or guardian and school principal for the student to serve at the presidential election.


If you would like to apply for a poll worker position, please complete the application below or contact the City Clerk's Office at 715-426-3419, and we will mail you an application.

Application to Serve for Elections

Thank you for your interest in serving as a poll worker in the City of River Falls.