Be an Alabama 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)



To be a Poll worker: Must be registered to vote in Alabama, 18+ years old, Resident of precinct, declared party affiliation, complete training. Earn $75+ To sign up, contact local Election Board. 


No later than 45 days before election, the 2 political parties which received the highest number of votes in the state in the preceding election provide the appointing board with a list of recommended poll workers from qualified voters. The probate judge, sheriff & clerk of the circuit court act as the appointing board for the county. 15 to 20 Days before an election, the appointing board uses the lists to appoint, to each voting place, 1 inspector & at Least 3 clerks from members of opposing political parties. **A county may employ electronic voting specialists as trouble shooters during election. Poll watchers: 1 per party per station 

Sign up with local board of registrars


Poll Watchers are appointed by the chairman of the party’s county executive committee, or by a nominee, or by a beat committeeman. Must be Residents of Alabama and registered to vote. The name of each poll watcher must be submitted to an inspector by the county executive committee or nominees for office. Poll Watchers have the right to:

Observe the conduct of the election; Monitor the preliminaries of opening the polls; Remain at the polling place throughout the election until the results of the election have been posted and the voting machines sealed, as provided by law; Observe the ballots as they are counted; Observe absentee ballots and affidavits when they are called during the count; See all oaths administered and signed, the record of assisted voters, the list of qualified voters, the poll lists, and any and all records made in connection with the election. Poll watchers may not disturb voters, attempt to influence voters, campaign, or display or wear any campaign material or buttons while inside any polling place; Under no circumstances will any form of voter intimidation be tolerated. Anyone voting on Election Day that observes or is a victim of voter intimidation in their polling location should first report it at and then call (334) 242-7210.

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

Poll Watchers are Authorized to challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day: An election inspector may challenge an individual’s eligibility to vote.

Alabama Resources:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Alabama 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:

  • 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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