Be a Maine 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 (Warden, Ward Clerk, Election Clerk, Deputy Registrar) in Maine: You must be registered to vote in Maine, be 18+, attend training at least once every 2 years, resident of municipality. To sign up, contact your Municipal Registrar. 


Election officials, including wardens, ward clerks and deputy wardens are appointed by municipality & not necessarily associated with a political party. Election clerks are associated with political parties, and all nominations for election clerks must be submitted to municipal officers no later than April 1st of each general election year. Municipal officers shall appoint at least one election clerk from each of the major parties by May 1st . Election clerks from one major party may not exceed the number from another major party by more than one.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

April 1, 2020


Municipalities must allow at least one worker from each political party to remain outside the guardrail enclosure as a pollwatcher.

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

A voter of a municipality or an election official may challenge the right of another to vote at an election in that municipality

Resources for Maine:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Maine 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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