Election Workers

Recruiting Paid Election Workers

Each year the City of Portage recruits individuals interested in serving the community by becoming a paid Election Worker.  Training is required before working one's first election and once every two years thereafter.  Training is typically 2-1/2 hours, held during the two weeks prior to the election in a morning or afternoon session.  All workers receive $20 for attending a training session.  To be eligible to serve as an election worker, one must be a registered voter in the State of Michigan.

Poll workers are paid $140 per day, assistant precinct chairs are paid $155 per day and precinct chairs are paid $165 per day.


Individuals interested in becoming an election worker may complete the election worker application (PDF).  Applications may be saved electronically and submitted via email to Human Resources. Applications may also be submitted via fax to (269) 329-4520 or returned to:

Human Resources
City of Portage
7900 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49002

Precinct assignments are mailed out six  weeks prior to an election.  Prompt responses are required to confirm assignments.

Questions may be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (269) 329-4533.

August 2020 Election

We are unable to post the election training video to our website.  An email has been sent to all workers (with email access) who are currently assigned to precinct.  This video is a requirement for working the election and must be completed by Friday, July 31st, 2020.  Please contact Elizabeth Loebig at loebige@portagemi.gov or 269-329-4494.