Be a New Hampshire 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 (Moderator, Ward Clerk, Selectmen) You must be 18+, registered to vote in New Hampshire, Political affiliation required, a resident of the voting district, complete required training. $100. To signup, contact your county clerk. 


Moderator – Elected for 2-year term in odd-numbered years. Moderator is the chief election officer in charge of the polls at the ward level. Ward Clerk – Elected for 2-year term in odd-numbered years. Ward clerk reports to moderator. Primary duty is to administer & prepare the documentation required at polling place. Ward Selectmen – Elected for 2-year term in odd-numbered years. Primary duty is to aid the voters in the election process. 3 per ward. Ward Ballot Inspectors – 2 of each party which cast largest number of votes in last general election.


Appointments b/t Sep 15 & Oct 15 of even-numbered year by ward political committee. Assistant Election Officials – Moderator is also authorized to appoint “such other election officials as he or she deems necessary…”

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker:

September 15, 2020


The state committee of a political party may appoint a person to act as challenger of voters at any polling place in the state at a state election. (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 666.4). The attorney general may appoint a person to act as challenger of voters at any polling place in the state at a state election.

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

A voter offering to vote at any state election may be challenged by any other voter registered in the town or ward in which the election is held, an election official, a challenger appointed by a political committee pursuant to RSA 666:4, or a challenger appointed by the attorney general

Resources for New Hampshire:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for New Hampshire here.
  • Shareable FB post & downloadable graphic 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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