Be a Georgia Guardian of Democracy

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What’s the difference between Poll Worker & Poll Watcher?

Poll Worker:
Nonpartisan, Paid (Clerks, Judges, Inspectors, Checker, Precinct Worker)

Poll Watcher:
Partisan, Volunteer (Observers, Monitors, Challengers)


GEORGIA

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be a poll worker (precinct manager) You must be at least 16+, be a resident of the county that you apply for, and you must complete required training. $100

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN

Political parties can submit a list of qualified persons for consideration in making appointments for precinct managers. The superintendent or municipal governing authority should then make appointments so that there is equal representation on the boards for the political parties involved.

To be a #PollWorker in #GEORGIA contact your local board of elections. 

POLL WATCHER INFO:

In a primary or run-off primary, each candidate entitled to have his or her name placed on the primary or run-off primary ballot may submit the name of 1 poll watcher for each precinct in which he or she wishes to have an observer to the chairperson or secretary of the appropriate party executive committee at least 21 days prior to such primary or 14 days prior to such run-off primary. The appropriate party executive committee shall designate at least 7 days prior to such primary or run-off primary no more than 2 poll watchers for each precinct, such poll watchers to be selected by the committee from the list submitted by party candidates. In an election or run-off election, each political party and political body shall each be entitled to designate, at least 7 days prior to such election or run-off election, no more than 2 official poll watchers in each precinct to be selected by the appropriate party or body executive committee. Each independent candidate shall be entitled to designate 1 poll watcher in each precinct. In addition, candidates running in a nonpartisan election shall be entitled to designate 1 poll watcher in each precinct. In an election or run-off election, each political party and political body, shall additionally be entitled to designate, at least 14 days prior to such election or run-off election, no more than 25 official state-wide poll watchers to be selected by the appropriate party or body executive committee. Each independent candidate shall also be entitled to designate no more than 25 official state-wide poll watchers. In addition, candidates running in a state-wide nonpartisan election shall be entitled to designate no more than 25 official state-wide poll watchers.

Who is Authorized to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day?

Any elector of the county or municipality may challenge the right of any other elector of the county or municipality, whose name appears on the list of electors, to vote in an election.

Resources for Georgia:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Georgia here.
  • Shareable FB post & downloadable graphic here.
  • GoogleDoc here.

POLL WORKER (and Poll Watcher) Requirements & links to sign-up in All 50 States, STATE BY STATE Including:

  • QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN
  • POLL WATCHER INFO; 
  • Who is Authorised to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day? 
  • & Links to retweetable TWEETS & shareable FB Posts for each State
  • Twitter THREAD with links here.
  • Facebook shareable Album with downloadable graphics here.
  • On the Postcards for America website here.
  • On the Unhack the Vote Website here.

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