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Have you ever wondered how you can become more active in city government?

There are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Detroit has 490 voting precincts and 100 absentee counting boards. During an election, each of these precincts and boards requires a staff of paid precinct inspectors to assist voters as they arrive at the polls on Election Day.

Registered voters interested in serving as precinct inspectors must submit an election inspector application and take a brief test at the Detroit Department of Elections. In addition to your name, address and date of birth, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education or experience.

A precinct inspector who is 18 years of age or older must be a registered voter of the State. They cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve.

Citizens who are 16 and 17 may also apply and work as a precinct inspector.

Come to the Department of Elections and complete the election inspector application, take the test and become a member of a team that is making democracy work in Detroit.

The Department of Elections is located at 2978 W. Grand Blvd. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.