High School Election Inspectors

State law permits certain qualified high school students to work at the polls as an election inspector on Election Day. Wis. Stat. § 7.30(2)(am).

Students must be enrolled in a public, private or tribal school. Students may decide for themselves to serve as election inspectors or in response to a school sponsored initiative. Civics, government or political science teachers may see this as an opportunity for a real life learning experience. Student organizations may find this to be an attractive form of community service and an interesting learning opportunity.

Allowing students to work as election inspectors provides an opportunity for students to become involved in the election process and also offers clerks another resource for filling election inspector positions. Students with foreign language skills can serve at polling places where voters may need assistance understanding the ballot, voting equipment and other election-related materials. In many locations, Hmong and Spanish speaking voters need special assistance.

Municipal clerks are encouraged to work with their local high schools to enable students to serve as election inspectors.