Be a Louisiana 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 Commissioner): Be registered to vote in Louisiana, 18+, declare party, be a precinct resident, complete required training. Must not be qualified for assistance; must not be a candidate or law enforcement officer. Up to $250. 


The parish board of election supervisors meets at 10 am on 2nd Friday in January every year to select a commissioner-in-charge to serve at each precinct in the parish. The parish board of election supervisors compiles a list of certified candidates & meets 10am on 29th day before primary election to select commissioners for each precinct. They draw balls with corresponding numbers from compiled list until number of commissioners needed is drawn, then determine if each political party is represented. They can choose to consolidate precincts thereby reducing the number of commissioners.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

February 7, 2020


A qualified voter of the state of Louisiana who is not entitled to assistance in voting and is not a candidate in the election may serve as a watcher. If the number of watchers inside a polling place is so great as to interfere with the orderly conduct of the election, the commissioners shall regulate the number of watchers inside the polling place for each precinct so that the election may be conducted in an orderly manner. 

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

A commissioner, watcher, or qualified voter may challenge a person applying to vote in a primary or general election. 

Resources for Louisiana:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Louisiana 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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