Be a Connecticut 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 (Assistant Registrar, Moderator, Official Checker) You must be registered to vote in Connecticut, be 18+, party affiliated, a resident of the town in which you apply, must complete required training. Students with town residency, 16+, with written permission from parent or guardian. $185-$400. To sign up, contact your local registrar’s office. 


The registrars of voters in towns/districts appoint moderators. Election officials of each polling place, except voting machine mechanics, are town voters & must consist of 1 moderator, 2 checkers, 2 registrars or assistant registrars of voters of opposite political parties.

Contact your local registrar’s office here.


Each registrar may appoint one or more challengers in his town or district, one of whom may be present at the offering of any vote; and any such challenger or any elector may challenge the right of any person offering to vote, on the ground of want of identity with the person on whose name the vote is offered, or disfranchisement or lack of bona fide residence, and the moderator shall decide upon the right of the person so challenged to vote.

Resources for Connecticut:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Connecticut 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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