Be an Idaho 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 You must be 17+, recommended you are a resident of election district for 30+ days prior to the election, must complete required training. Up to $125. To sign up, contact your county clerk here: 


Precinct committeemen recommend persons in their respective precincts to the county clerk in writing 10+ days before appointment date. County clerk appoints from lists if the persons are qualified. Each election board must “contain personnel representing all existing political parties if a list has been provided” 60+ days prior to a primary. Election clerks are a part of the election board. If names are not submitted, the county clerk can select whomever he/she chooses without regard to party affiliation.

  • Contact your county clerk here.
  • More info here.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

January 10, 2020


The county clerk shall, upon receipt of a written request, direct that the election judges permit one (1) person authorized by each political party, if the election is a partisan election, to be at the polling place for the purpose of challenging voters, and shall, if requested, permit any one (1) person authorized by a candidate, several candidates or political party, to be present to serve as a watcher to observe the conduct of the election.

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

At the time of any election, any registered elector may challenge the entry of an elector’s name as it appears in the election register.

Resources for Idaho:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Idaho 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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