Sedgwick County still needs committed poll workers

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The election is inching closer with just a few weeks to go and there are hundreds of thousands of people registered to vote in Sedgwick County.

The one thing still missing is election workers.

It was just a few weeks ago that KSN reported that Sedgwick County needed about 200 to 250 more election workers.

The good news is that that number has gone down.

Since we ran that story, the Sedgwick County Elections Office tells KSN they’ve been flooded with new people signing up.

As of yesterday, the county was about 45 people shy of their goal.

KSN spoke with Sedgwick County election specialist, Michelle Waughtel, who says their full staff is about 1,000 election workers.

They’re not there yet, but they’re close, so you may still see advertisements like these tweets.


There’s one warning for anyone who wants to sign up to be a poll worker, Waughtel said.

Commit to the job.

Sedgwick County has had a problem with people signing up to be poll workers and then dropping out after.

So much so, that the number of people they have signed up changes by the hour, Waughtel said.

If you’re interested in the job, these are the requirements.

  • You have to either be a registered voter in Sedgwick County or a 16 or 17 year-old who is otherwise eligible to register to vote, except for not yet being of legal age.
  • You have to be able to work on Election Day from 4:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until everything is completed and wrapped up.
  • Finally, you have to attend a mandatory training class beforehand.
  • Those classes started Monday, October 10 and there will be two each day through October 29.

As long as you can make one of those three hour classes, you’re set for the job.

Being an election worker is a great way to serve your community but it’s not just volunteer work. It pays too.

Election clerks and provisional ballot judges are paid $120 for Election Day and $22.50 for training.

Election supervising judges are paid $150 for Election Day and $22.50 for training.

The job starts at 4:45 a.m. with set up to prepare for 6 a.m. and then you’ll start checking people in with either a machine or paper ballots.

For more information you can call the Sedgwick County election office at (316) 660-7119 or send them an email at

You can either fill out this printable form or this online application.