Local cities gear up for election with help from residents

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 13, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Nov. 7 general election has Eastpointe and Roseville city officials recruiting more election inspectors, who will work with new election equipment this year.

The city of Eastpointe explained in a press release Sept. 1 the experience that inspectors need.

“Workers should have experience with computers and be friendly and professional with the public. The work consists of verifying voter identification, electronic computer searches, logging voters and recording the number of ballots issued. Workers may also be asked to guide voters through the voting process,” the press release stated.

According to city officials, workers can earn $132.75 for a 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. shift, and workers who are only available for a 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. half-day shift can earn $70.

Election worker applications are available on the city’s website, www.cityofeastpointe.net. After clicking on the “Departments” tab, select “City Clerk,” click on the “Voter Information” tab and scroll down to the “Election Inspector Application.”

Eastpointe’s deadline for election inspector applications is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. 

Any student interested in experiencing the election process, or anyone interested in more information about serving as an election inspector should contact the Clerk’s Office at (586) 445-3661, ext. 2200.

Roseville City Clerk Richard Steenland said the city is always looking for people to be inspectors.

“We’re always willing and looking for people,” said Steenland.

Steenland added that he went to Roseville High School looking for younger people to “get youth involved in the process.”

Steenland said the pay varies.

“We pay as much as we can,” he said. “We pay anywhere from $135 to $200 because we have different levels of experience.”

Roseville officials have tested their new equipment and they’re confident the polls will run smoothly come Nov. 7.

“Everyone in Macomb County has new election equipment; that wasn’t an option. We just finished our round of testing to make sure the equipment is working,” said Steenland.

“There’s going to be a lot of training involved. We’ve been through some training sessions so far to be comfortable with it. We will start putting together our training strategy for our new election inspectors, because it’s completely different, but I’m confident everything will go well,” he said.

Election worker applications are available on the city website at www.roseville-mi.gov. Residents must click the “Departments” tab and select “City Clerk.” The application is found by clicking on “Election Inspector Application.”

According to Steenland, applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

For more information or to be an election inspector in Roseville, contact the City Clerk’s office at (586) 445-5443.