Interested in becoming an Election inspector for the City of
The City of Northville now accepting applications for Election
What do Election Inspectors Do?
Election Inspectors work in the polling places on Election Day.
Inspectors work with other inspectors, assembling equipment when
necessary, read and write legibly in the English language, perform
simple math calculations, may use a computer, check in voters and issue
ballots, instruct voters on how to use the precinct voting equipment,
and follow the instruction of the Precinct Chairperson.
Necessary Qualifications and Completing Your Application
- You must be a United States citizen and registered to vote in
the State of Michigan.
- Inspectors must be able to retain and utilize the information
provided during training sessions, work under the direct supervision
of the Precinct Chairperson, and be proficient with computers.
- Complete and return your application to the City Clerk’s Office.
There is a 24 hour drop box located in the City Hall vestibule.
- Michigan Election Law requires that you indicate your political
party affiliation as required on the Election Inspector Application.
Michigan Election Law requires that an equal number of election
inspectors from major political party, as closely as possible, be
appointed to each precinct. If you declare “independent” or “no
party affiliation” your application will be disqualified.
- PA 158 of 1997 allows municipal officials to appoint 16 or 17
year olds as election inspectors, subject to certain restrictions.
Any student interested in experiencing the election process should
also complete an Election Inspector Application.
Training and Assignment Information
- Attendance at an Educational Training program is mandatory.
- All Election Inspectors will be trained to use the Electronic
Poll Book. The EPB is the computer used by the Inspectors to check
in voters on Election Day.
- Prior to each election, assignment notification will usually be
made by email. If there is a cancellation (including up to the day
of the election), you might be contacted and asked to replace a
- Inspectors are assigned based on the type of election and the
number of inspectors needed to administer the election. New
inspectors might experience a wait of 1 year or more until an
assignment is made.
Pay Rates and Hours
- Pay rates:
- Chairperson pay rate: $200/day
- Inspector pay rate: $165/day
- Hours on Election Day are from 6:00 a.m. until approximately
9:00 p.m. or so. Inspectors are released by the Chairperson. The
Chairperson will release the Board of Election Inspectors once all
processing and clean up is completed.
- Lunch and dinner breaks are assigned by the Chairperson based on
the needs of the precinct on Election Day.