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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Back Up Election Poll Workers Needed

County Clerk Kim Bushey is calling on residents of Walworth County willing to serve as back up poll workers for the April 7th election to contact her office. 

A significant number of the current poll workers in Walworth County are in their 60s and 70s and some may have other health conditions which is the age group likely to be most affected by COVID-19.   

In Wisconsin, poll workers (also known as election inspectors) are appointed at the municipal level.  Bushey said “our office is trying to assemble a pool of back-up workers to assist the Municipal Clerks in staffing the election, should they require more help.”

To be a poll worker, a person must:

  • Be a qualified elector of the county in which the municipality is located (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 10 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)
  • Be able to read and write fluently in the English language
  • NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.

A poll worker may also:

  • Have strong clerical skills
  • Be able to solve problems
  • Be an effective communicator

If you can help, please email the County Clerk’s Office at:  County_Clerk @co.walworth.wi.us.

To be added to the backup poll worker list, we will need the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Municipality of Residence
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Email Address

Please note that the County Clerk’s Office will provide this information to Municipal Clerks who may need additional help on election day.

Read the full Press Release (PDF).