Be an Arkansas 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 (Clerk, Judge, Inspector): 

Must be registered to vote in Arkansas, 18+ years old or a high school student, a resident of the precinct 31+ days prior to the election, must complete the training. $95-140. To sign up, contact your county election commissioner.


The county board of election commissioners appoints a sufficient number of election officials for each polling site 20+ days preceding an election. Each polling site must have a minimum of 2 election clerks, 1 election judge & 1 election sheriff. The minority party election commissioner can designate election officials equal to 1 less than the majority at each polling site, with a minimum of 2 election officials at each polling site. 

To sign up, contact your county election commissioner. Find them here.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

October 14, 2020


Poll watchers shall include any: (1) candidate in person, but only during the counting and tabulation of ballots and the processing of absentee ballots; (2) authorized representative of a candidate; (3) authorized representative of a group seeking the passage or defeat of a measure on the ballot; and (4) authorized representative of a political party with a candidate on the ballot. Only one authorized poll watcher per candidate, group, or party at any one given time may be officially recognized as a poll watcher at each location within a polling site where voters identify themselves to election officials.

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

A poll watcher may challenge a voter on the grounds that the voter is not eligible to vote in the precinct or that the voter has previously voted at that election. 

Arkansas Resources:

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