High School Student Poll Workers

Wisconsin law allows qualified students to serve as election inspectors, also known as poll workers. It's great way for students to become involved in their communities and learn about how government works.

Qualifications

Students qualify to serve as election inspectors if they:

  1. Are 16 or 17 years of age
  2. Are enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in a public, private or tribal school
  3. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent
  4. Have the written approval of their parent or guardian
  5. Have the written approval of the principal of the school in which they are enrolled, if the student has less than a 3.0 grade point average
  6. Reside in the municipality.

Students may serve only at polling places that serve their residence.

Written Authorization

Before a student may be appointed as an inspector, the municipal clerk shall obtain written authorization from the student's parent or guardian.  The clerk must also obtain written authorization from the principal of the school where the student is enrolled if the student has less than a 3.0 grade point average. Upon appointment, the municipal clerk shall notify the principal of the school where the student is enrolled of the date of the election at which the student will serve.

Restrictions

  1. A student may only serve as an inspector at a polling place if at least one inspector, other than the chief inspector, is a qualified elector of the municipality
  2. A student may not serve as chief inspector at a polling place
  3. A student serving as an election inspector may not challenge any person offering to vote.