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BECOME A POLL WATCHER

Our Democracy only works if every citizen's voice is heard. Poll Watchers work at the polls on Election Day to ensure that everyone's vote is counted.

The great majority of election officials are honest and dedicated; however, even the most honest election officials can make mistakes. Pollwatchers sometimes referred to as challengers, checkers or watchers, are election observers who aid in ensuring the free and fair conduct of elections. Pollwatchers may be in the polling place before the polls open, during the actual voting hours, and after the polls close.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIFIC RIGHTS OF POLLWATCHERS? 

  • Before the first ballot is cast, pollwatchers may observe that the ballot box is empty;

  • Pollwatchers may position themselves near enough to the election judges to examine the applications for ballot;

  • Pollwatchers may observe as the judges compare the voter applicant’s signature on the application with the signature on the registration records;

  • Pollwatchers may watch as the judges initial and distribute the ballots to voter, and as the ballots are deposited into the ballot box after the voter has voted;

  • Pollwatchers may challenge a person’s right to vote. A reason for the challenge must be stated. (Possible reasons include the person voted earlier in the day, the person moved, or the person lacks qualifications);The judges of election determine whether or not to sustain a challenge;

  • Pollwatchers may observe the counting procedures after the polls close and at the central counting location(s) established by the election authority.

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