Be an Indiana 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 (Inspector, Judge, Clerk) You must be 18+ (or 16/17 if part of Election Day Live), a registered voter & resident of county, precinct resident for 30+ days, Training required. Up to $200. 


County Chairmen of the major political parties nominate precinct election officers 21+ days before an election. Other than for Inspector, precinct election officers may be nominated for 1/2 day shifts, as long as a concurrent nomination is made for the second 1/2 of the day. If a county chairman fails to make timely nomination, county election board may fill a vacancy in a precinct election office by majority vote beginning noon 14 days before election. County Election Board appoints Precinct Election Board consisting of 1 inspector nominated by party whose candidate for secretary of state received the highest vote and 2 judges, 2 poll clerks, 2 sheriffs, one of each nominated by the two major political parties.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker:

October 13, 2020


Watchers may be appointed by the state chairman and county chairman of bona fide political parties, independent candidates for federal office certain candidates, the county election board in certain votes on public questions, or by the media to monitor activities at the polling place. Each political party, independent candidate, and media may have only one watcher at each precinct at any time during Election Day. A watcher must be a registered voter of the county. 

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

A member of the precinct election board (the inspector or either judge); a poll clerk (but only if the clerk does so based on a questionable signature by the voter on the poll list); or a challenger appointed by a candidate, or a political party, with the proper credentials. 

Resources for Indiana:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Indiana 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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