The city and county clerks are looking for residents of Douglas County willing to serve as poll workers on April 7.
They are needed to replace the regular poll workers who are unable to serve because of age or health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A significant number of poll workers are in their 60s and 70s, some with other health conditions, the clerks said.
“They’re worried,” said City Clerk Terri Kalan. “I don’t blame them.”
In Wisconsin, election inspectors are appointed at the municipal level; however, people can serve as election inspectors in other municipalities within their county. Anyone who is interested in working should contact the Douglas County Clerk’s Office immediately at 715-395-1341 or the Superior City Clerk’s Office at 715-395-7200.
“We need the people of Douglas County to step up and help out,” said Douglas County Clerk Susan Sandvick. “If you are a state, county or municipal employee, a teacher, a student or someone who is looking for temporary work, we need your help.”
Municipal clerks will provide training for any new election inspectors before the election.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working to provide local election officials with guidance for ways to conduct the election safely and securely.
Voter turnout at the polls is expected to be much lower than normal, but workers are still needed to process a much higher number of absentee ballots than normal, the clerks said.
Kalan said since the weekend, her office has received hundreds of requests for absentee ballots through myvote.wi.gov. Voters have until April 2 to request an absentee ballot.
Voter registration will be accepted through March 30 after federal Judge William Conley issued an order that online registration will continue, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
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This story was updated on March 23 at 2:15 p.m. to add new information about voter registration online. It was originally posted on March 23 at 11:33 a.m.