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.

November 2020 Election

At this time, we have had an overwhelming response to our Portager article for Election Officials. Applications are available for the 2021 Election year.  Parties interested in working the 2020 election are encouraged to contact the Kalamazoo County Clerk, Sarah Joshi at 

(269) 384-8080 or via email at Elections@kalcounty.com.