City Clerk Preparing for Election Season
As many are aware, 2020 is a big year for elections. Elections will be held on August 4, 2020 and November 3, 2020. Portage citizens can vote by mail (absentee) or in person at precinct locations. To obtain an absentee ballot, visit portagemi.gov/229. Learn if you are registered to vote and where you vote by visiting michigan.gov/vote.
To prepare for the anticipated large voter turnout, the City of Portage is accepting applications for election workers for the elections. Citizen involvement is essential to open, accurate and fair elections. Election workers must be registered voters anywhere in the State of Michigan and receive training in advance elections. Persons with basic computer experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
What are the responsibilities of election workers? Election workers issue ballots, register voters, monitor voting equipment, explain how to use the voting equipment and help ensure a positive voting experience.
What are the hours of work? Polling places are open statewide from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Election workers work generally from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. (or later in some cases).
Are election workers paid? Yes! For the day of the election, Precinct Chairpersons earn $165, Assistant Chairpersons $155 and Precinct Workers earn $140. In addition, all workers earn $20 for each training session attended.
What about health & safety measures? All workers are provided with face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing cleaners/wipes and in some locations “sneeze” guards, if applicable. All voters will be asked to follow similar health and safety procedures, as well as social distancing guidelines.
If you are interested in becoming an election worker, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 329-4533 or visit portagemi.gov/201.