High School Poll Workers

Did You Know that High School Students (16+) Can Work as Poll Workers?

Wisconsin law allows qualified students to serve 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 poll workers if they:

  • Are 16 or 17 years of age
  • Are enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in a public, private or tribal school
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent
  • Have the written approval of their parent or guardian
  • 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
  • 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 as of the date of the election at which the student will serve.

  • Restrictions
    A student may only serve as a poll worker at a polling place if at least one inspector, other than the chief inspector, is a qualified elector of the municipality
  • A student may not serve as chief inspector at a polling place
  • A student serving as a poll worker may not challenge any person offering to vote.
  • Student Poll Workers have the opportunity to perform a number of tasks at the polling place. These may include: registering voters, recording voters' names on the voter list, issuing ballots, assisting voters with special needs and counting votes.