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The following are frequently asked questions for election workers:
Q: Are election workers paid?
A: Yes. An election worker is covered by the federal Minimum Wage Act; therefore, you will be paid an hourly wage no lower than the minimum wage.
Q: Are earnings as an election worker taxable?
A: Yes. While the township does not deduct FICA (Social Security & Medicare) from election worker’s pay, election worker earnings are considered taxable income even though income taxes (Federal and/or Michigan) might not be withheld from your paycheck. You should consult with a tax advisor regarding your specific financial situation.
Q: Do I have to complete a W-4 Form?
A: Yes. As an election worker you are classified as a temporary part-time employee. You must complete the Federal W-4 and Michigan W-4 forms. You will have income taxes deducted from your paycheck depending on the allowances that you declare on your W-4 forms. Election worker income is not subject to FICA (Social Security and Medicare) as long as the calendar year total income is below the $1,900 threshold (as of Jan. 1, 2020).
Q: Will I receive a W-2 Form to file with my income tax returns?
A: Yes, election workers receive W-2 forms.
Q: Are election workers eligible for unemployment benefits?
A: Yes. Election workers are common-law employees.
Q: Are election workers exempt from completing USCIS form I-9?
A: Yes, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to adhere to the US Department of Justice memo dated Feb. 18, 1988, signed by John R. Schroeder.