Election Inspectors (Poll Workers) Training

Wisconsin statutes require that all election inspectors receive training at least once every two years.* §7.315(1)(b), Wis. Stats.  The municipal clerk must provide this training and should document that the inspectors have been trained.

Currently, there is no specific prescribed curriculum or length of training provided by the Elections Commission.  It is recommended that, at a minimum, election inspectors be instructed on the duties detailed in the Election Day Manual.  It is the responsibility of the municipal clerk to ensure that election inspectors have received sufficient training prior to commencement of duties.

In coordination with the Clerk Training Advisory Committee, the WEC has developed a series of training agendas for both new clerks just starting to train their election workers and seasoned clerks looking for up-to-date training materials.  The agendas are structured to be task-based and modular in function, so clerks can assemble their own training plans. 

*Note: This requirement is different than the requirements for chief election inspectors and municipal clerks.  Please see the information about Chief Inspector Training and Municipal Clerk Training for more information.