Michigan clerks seeking election inspectors
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — With all the misinformation about widespread fraud in the 2020 election, the 2022 midterm elections will come under even greater scrutiny. And that has clerks across Michigan working to find more inspectors to work at polling places.
Election inspectors are a crucial art of elections in Michigan. They can be assigned to any work in the polling stations. You don’t need experience to be one, but you must be at least 18 years old and registered to vote.
“But in terms of the skill level for the voter register or the ballot manager, you have to take an additional class beyond the general class that everyone talks about,” said Delta Township Clerk Mary Clark.
And of course, you have to pass. But that’s not all.
“And you have to show that you can, in an interactive training environment, that you can cast ballots and balance your constituency,” Clark said.
The Delta Township Clerk emphasized how important it is for the community to be involved in the election process.
“These are the ones who stand next to you in the grocery store line, sit next to you in church, your neighbor down the street. These are the people who actually organize and run elections on Election Day,” Clark said.
Lansing’s clerk has a list of 140 people who would like to help on Election Day this year. And right after going through detailed training, the city clerk said there was one last step.
“They must swear an oath that they will abide by the constitution of the State of Michigan and the United States and that they will faithfully carry out their duties as an inspector of elections,” said Chris Swope, city clerk of the city of Lansing.
Translation, you don’t work for a candidate or a party — you work for the people who vote.
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