Niles looking for additional election inspectors
Published 9:56 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016
With voter turnout expected to increase in the presidential election year, the City of Niles is seeking additional election inspectors for 2016.
Election inspectors are paid, earning up to $100 for the day in addition to receiving a meal.
Linda Casperson, city clerk, said Niles is looking for approximately 24 election inspectors total, which breaks down to five to six at each of the city’s four precincts.
“Since it is a presidential year we are looking at more people to man the polls,” she said. “Most people find it rewarding.”
City officials are anticipating that between 25 and 30 percent of registered Niles voters will show up to the polls this year.
“For a non-presidential year it is low, probably about 10 to 12 percent,” she said.
To be considered, an election inspector must be a qualified and registered voter in the State of Michigan, must submit a completed application to the city clerk and must go through provided paid training.
Casperson also said she is looking for people with a basic knowledge of computers, since election inspectors will be entering names into an electronic poll book and looking up information on the computer.
“It is very basic knowledge,” Casperson said, adding that she hopes to receive applications by early February.
The work day begins at 6 a.m. and can go as late as 10 p.m. People can work in shifts or stay all day.
The city’s next election is in March.
To apply, click on the election inspector link on the City of Niles’ website homepage or contact Casperson by phone at (269) 683-4700 or by email at email@example.com.