Exceptions to Polling Place Worker Residency Requirements

Are there provisions in state law for poll worker appointments for people who do not meet residency requirements?

Yes.  Municipal clerks must fill vacancies with county or municipal residents except that if a municipal clerk or deputy clerk fills the vacancy, the clerk or deputy, but not more than a total of two individuals in any municipality, may serve without regard to the clerk's or deputy's county of residence, if the clerk or deputy meets the other qualifications.  

Clerks who need to make emergency appointments of poll workers could deputize a non-resident as a deputy clerk to serve as a poll worker.  This may be a helpful option for clerks who only need an additional poll worker but has limited utility for clerks who need a greater number of poll workers.  A clerk or deputy clerk who is a candidate at the election may not serve as an election official on election day.

How many non-resident appointments are allowed at one polling place?

State law requires not more than a total of two individuals in any municipality who are non-residents of the county serve as poll workers in an election.  

Roles for Non-residents on Election Day

  1. Polling Place Helper 
  2. Tabulator
  3. Emergency Poll Worker Appointments – Each municipality can potentially make up to two emergency appointments of non-residents to fill a vacancy if they deputize the non-residents as deputy clerks first.