Different Roles at the Polling Place on Election Day

The Wisconsin Elections Commission encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process.  One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become an Election Day poll worker, also known as an election inspector).  The Chief Election Inspector is in charge of the polling place, and has additional training requirements.

Citizen involvement is essential to conduct open, accurate and fair elections in Wisconsin. We hope that you will consider participation in one of these positions.

There are several different jobs at polling places in Wisconsin, all of which are appointed by municipal clerks.

Election Inspector 

Election inspectors help check voters in at the polling place and register them to vote, as well as issuing them ballots.  Election inspectors receive training from the municipal clerk or online from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  They must be residents of the county where they will be working.

Chief Election Inspector 

The Chief Election Inspector serves as the lead election official at a polling place.  In order to become a Chief Election Inspector, you must complete online or in-person baseline training which lasts about two hours.  Chief Election Inspectors must be residents of the town, village or city where they live (in a pinch a Chief Inspector can be from the county).

Greeters or Election Registration Officials 

Each polling place can have one person appointed as an official Greeter who must be a resident of the county where they serve.  Greeters can also help at a polling place by making sure voters are in the correct line and assist with sanitization efforts.  Election Registration Officials, or EROs, must be residents of the county in which they serve and help voters registering to vote on Election Day. Both greeters and EROs must take some training before Election Day about the job they will be doing.


Tabulators assist with ballot counting after the polls close on election day. State law does not make any specific residency requirements of these individuals.  

Polling Place Helper 

Some elections may need polling place helpers to keep the polling place organized. Depending on the clerk and the election, you may be able to volunteer to help out at a polling place by making sure voters are in the correct lines, assist with enforcing social distancing, and making sure the polling place is properly cleaned throughout the day.  Citizens who just want to help with these tasks on election day do not need to meet any training or residency requirements.