High School Student Officials

Become a Student Poll Worker!

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High school students may also become election officials!

Election Officials facilitate the right to vote on election day. They greet voters, check voters into the poll book, register voters, and issue ballots. With approval from your principal, you may be excused from school to work at the polls.


  • Get paid.
  • Experience how elections are run.
  • Apply this experience to your resume and college applications.
  • Serve your community.


Students may select a preferred shift.

Morning: 6:00 am – 1:30 pm
Afternoon: 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm


  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Work well with multicultural populations
  • Pay strong attention to detail
  • Have good problem solving abilities
  • Communicate effectively


Election Officials are paid for one hour of training. High schools can ask the Clerk’s Office to offer training at school at a time that would work for students.


Election Officials in Madison are paid the hourly living wage. The 2024 living wage is $15.87 an hour.

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