Election Day Manual


Elections in Wisconsin are conducted at the local level. Responsibility falls on election officials to ensure that every election is conducted in a manner that is fair, transparent, and accessible to all.

Many changes have occurred in the way elections are conducted in the State of Wisconsin over the past ten years. These changes have not been easy but due to the dedication, patience, and hard-work of election officials at all levels of government, we have transitioned well into the new requirements.

Baseline-CIT: Section 8 ▶ Self Evaluation (30 mins)


The Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation is a tool developed to gauge a chief election inspector’s comprehension of election administration laws and procedures after completing training. The results of the self-evaluation do not affect the chief inspector’s appointment or qualifications to serve. 

Please note that the current version of the Election Day Manual is January 2020.  

Baseline-CIT: Section 6 ▶ Ballots (20 mins)


Counting votes occurs after the polls close, but the process of counting is a public activity.  Election officials must pay careful attention to the detail of determining voter intent, counting votes and recording vote totals.   Absentee voting provides an opportunity for a voter who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place to cast his or her ballot.  For this reason, special procedures are in place to protect the elector and the integrity of the process. 

Baseline-CIT: Section 2 ▶ Pre-Election Prep (8 mins)


The job of a chief inspector is an important responsibility.  Being familiar with election laws and procedures before Election Day will ensure that all election officials feel comfortable and confident serving at the polling place.  There are a number of activities chief inspectors can engage in to increase their knowledge and help prepare for Election Day.  

Baseline-CIT: Section 1 ▶ General Information (9 mins)


An election official is defined as “an individual who is charged with any duties relating to the conduct of an election.”  County, municipal, and school district clerks are election officials, as are election inspectors, chief inspectors, election registration officials (EROs), special voting deputies (SVDs), tabulators, and greeters.  Election officials perform a very important public service by enhancing the high quality and integrity of our elections.