Be a Colorado 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 (Election Judge)You must be registered to vote in Colorado, 18+, be a resident of precinct 22+ days before election, complete training. Students with citizenship who are 16+ may work with good standing in high school. To sign up, contact your county election officials. 


10+ days after the precinct caucus in even-numbered years, the committee of each precinct from each major political party submits to county party chairpersons a list that recommends electors as election judges. Minor political parties may give the county clerk names of  recommended to serve as election judges before last Tuesday in April of even-number years. AND, any registered elector who is unaffiliated with a political party or political organization may give notice in writing to the county clerk offering to serve as an election judge.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

DEADLINE April 28, 2020


Each participating political party or issue committee whose candidate or issue is on the ballot, and each unaffiliated and write-in candidate whose name is on the ballot for a general or congressional vacancy election, is entitled to have no more than one watcher at any one time in each voter service and polling center in the county and at each place where votes are counted. The chairperson of the county central committee of each major political party, the county chairperson or other authorized official of each minor political party, the issue committee, or the write-in or unaffiliated candidate shall certify the names of one or more persons selected as watchers on forms provided by the county clerk and recorder and submit the names of the persons selected as watchers to the county clerk and recorder. 

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

An election judge shall challenge any person intending to vote who the judge believes is not an eligible elector. In addition, challenges may be made by watchers or any eligible elector of the precinct.

Caucus Locations here

Resources for Colorado:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Colorado 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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