The city provides Election Official training within two weeks prior to the election. In order to work the election, Election Officials must receive training at least every two years.
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Approximately ten weeks prior to an election, the city contacts individuals who successfully worked the previous election to confirm their interest in working the upcoming election. If additional workers are required, applications on file are reviewed and if necessary the city recruits new election officials. Any person registered to vote in Kalamazoo County can fill out an Election Official application (PDF) and submit to the department or visit the Human Resources Department at:
Human ResourcesCity of Portage7900 S Westnedge AvenuePortage, MI 49002
Yes, election workers are paid $140 for working the day of the election and $20 for attending training.
Volunteer opportunities are posted, including Boards and Commission opportunities. Volunteer applications can be completed online or at the Human Resources Department at:
Individuals interested in volunteering with the city are encouraged to complete a volunteer application even if there is not a volunteer opening listed, since the skills and abilities of a potential volunteer opportunity may spark the identification of a volunteer opportunity.