Be a Montana 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 Judge) You must be 18+, registered to vote in Montana, a resident of the precinct, complete required training. $9/hour To sign up, contact your county election administrator. 


Judges are chosen from lists of qualified registered electors for each precinct in the county, submitted 45+ days before primary election in even-numbered years by the county central committees of political parties eligible to nominate candidates in the primary. All eligible political parties who submitted a list must have a judge appointed to represent that party in each precinct. No more than the number of election judges needed to obtain a simple majority may be appointed from the list of one political party.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker:

April 18, 2020


The election judges shall permit one poll watcher from each political party to be stationed close to the poll lists in a location that does not interfere with the election procedures. A candidate may not serve as a  poll watcher at a polling place where electors are voting on ballots with the candidate’s name on them.

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

An elector’s right to vote may be challenged at any time by any registered elector by the challenger filling out and signing an affidavit stating the grounds of the challenge and providing any evidence supporting the challenge to the election administrator or, on election day, to an election judge. 

Resources for Montana:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Montana 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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