Be a Kansas 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)



In order to be a poll worker (clerks, judges) You must be 18+, registered to vote in Kansas, party affiliated, a resident of the area in which you serve, complete required training. Students who are 16+ and meet all other elector qualifications may be selected to serve.


County election officer may establish a pool of trained judges & clerks from political parties’ lists. County chairman of each of central committees of political parties that polled largest & second largest number of votes in the state at last election for the office of governor shall recommend, excluding the supervising judge, 1/2 of the persons required for judges of each election board & 1/2 of the persons required for clerks of each election board. In the event that the election board is to have 3 members, each such county chairman shall recommend 1 person for each board.


Each person who is authorized to appoint poll agents may appoint 1 per polling place. Each person appointed to be an authorized poll agent shall be a registered Kansas voter; a member of any candidate’s immediate family; or be a person under 18 years of age but at least 14 years of age who meets all other requirements for qualification of an elector except that of age Secretary of State). At most points in the electoral process, interested individuals and groups may observe the proceedings at the precinct polling sites, at the county election office, or at the county or state canvas. The principal means recognized in state law for public observation of electoral proceedings is the authorized poll agent. Poll agents are commonly referred to as poll watchers. Each of the following persons is automatically a poll agent because of the position they hold: state or county party chair; chair of a committee formed to support or oppose a question submitted election; candidate; political party precinct committee man or woman; write‐in candidate for statewide office who has filed an affidavit of write‐in candidacy with the Secretary of State. A person may be appointed to be a poll agent by one of the persons listed above. Election observers—In some cases political organizations, including international groups and foreign groups, will request permission from the county election officer or the Secretary of State to observe the voting process in a county or counties. The Secretary of State or county election officer may grant permission on a case-by-case basis, reminding all such groups that they must follow all laws and all policies established by the election officer. 

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

It shall be the duty of each judge of election to challenge any person offering to vote, whom the judge shall know or suspect not to be qualified as an elector.

Resources for Kansas:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Kansas 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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