Training Sessions

City of Madison Election Officials are required to attend training before every election that they work. The City Clerk’s Office offers 30 to 100 training sessions before an election. Training sessions are held throughout the city on both weekdays and weekends—in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. View upcoming training sessions.

There is no need to RSVP for training sessions.

Apply to serve as an Election Official

City of Madison Election Official Guide

  1. Letter from the City Clerk
  2. Election officials
  3. Opening the Polls
  4. Voting Hours
  5. Closing the Polls

Reference Materials

As of 09/13/2016, the following materials are updated to reflect the most recent legal changes to election law.

Quick Guides

Checking ID

Election Day Registrations

Processing Absentee Ballots

Provisional Poll Book Documentation

Remaking Ballots

Returning PV


Closing the Polls Task Sheets

Election Day Checklist

Opening the Polls Task Sheets

Shift Change

Other Materials

These materials have not been updated to reflect current changes to election law.

Counting Votes Manual(State Elections Commission)

DS200i Ballot Scenarios

Respecting Cultural Differences at the Polls

Equity & Engagement at the Polls

Video Training

Online Training is not an acceptable substitute for in-person training for the November Election. These videos have not been updated to reflect Voter ID and other important changes to State Law.

Remaking Ballots

Processing Absentee Ballots

Working at the Poll Book Table

Working with Observers at your Polling Place

Election Official Ethical Considerations

Balanced and Secure Elections

New Chief Inspectors: Beyond the Baseline

GAB Manual

The Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions (previously Government Accountability Board) has compiled an Election Day Manual for Election Officials.


AutoMark Voter Assist Terminals (video)

This is Where We vote - 2014 (video)

Wisconsin State Statutes: Elections

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12