This is the OFFICIAL SIGNUP FORM to be a Poll Observer. This is not an interest form. Once you fill out this form, you have committed to volunteer as a Poll Observer.
Poll observers are the eyes and ears for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Voter Protection Team inside polling locations across the state. You will be a crucial resource to support voters and the first to report any issues voters are facing at the polling place, which makes poll observing the single most important thing you can do other than cast a ballot yourself to ensure a strong, healthy democracy.
No previous experience or legal training is necessary, and you do not need to be a Wisconsin resident. You will be provided with all the information and written materials you need to be a poll observer, and you will be supported by an experienced legal boiler room every step of the way.
For Election Day (August 9), the following shift options are available:
All Day (6:30am-8:30pm)
Morning Shift (6:30am-1:30pm)
Afternoon Shift (1:30pm-8:30pm)
Our greatest need is for All Day observers. If you can commit to a full day (both shifts at the same polling location), that is STRONGLY PREFERRED.
Wisconsin’s Summer Poll Observer program will feature:
(1) One mandatory online election law training (5 training options)
(2) One mandatory online Dry Run on July 23rd at 11am CT (one makeup Dry Run on July 30 is being offered–please let us know if you cannot attend on July 23!)
(3) The Big Day: Election Day on August 9th!
Our mandatory election law training is offered 5 times, and is held on Zoom. You only need to attend one election law training, and below on the form you will select which training to attend. At the Dry Run, we’ll train you how to use our voting incident reporting system and walk through the processes you’ll follow on Election Day. These trainings are mandatory and will not be recorded.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were a Poll Observer in the April 5, 2022 Election this spring, you do NOT need to attend either training (election law or the Dry Run) again. However, you’re welcome if you’d like a refresher!
Thank you for fighting for the right to vote and protecting democracy in Wisconsin! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.