Be a New Jersey 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)You must be 18+, registered to vote in New Jersey, a resident of the county, complete training every 2 years. $200+ To sign up fill contact your county board of elections. 


By January 10 of each presidential year & April 1 of every other year, the county board appoints the district board from a list of applicants. The members of any district board shall be equally apportioned between the 2 political parties which at last general election cast largest & next-largest number of votes in NJ for members of the General Assembly. If the positions cannot be filled from among qualified members of those 2 political parties, the county board shall appoint an otherwise qualified person who is unaffiliated with any political party but in no event shall more than 2 such unaffiliated persons serve at the same time on any district board.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

January 10, 2020


The chairman of the county committee of any political party that has duly nominated any candidate for public office to be voted for at an election by all the voters within the county or any political division thereof greater than a single municipality, or where the election is within and for a single municipality only, or any subdivision thereof, then the chairman of the municipal committee of the political party making such nomination within and for such single municipality, or subdivision thereof, may appoint two challengers for each election district in the chairman’s county or municipality, as the case may be. No person shall be allowed or permitted to be present in the polling place or polling room during the progress of the election except the officers connected with the election, persons connected with the operation of a simulated election for minors, the several candidates, the duly authorized challengers, such voters as are present for the purpose of voting and their dependent children, minors present for the purpose of voting in a simulated election, and such officers as may be duly detailed to be present, for preserving the peace or enforcing the provisions hereof.

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

The members of the district boards and any duly authorized challenger, respectively, shall at any election challenge every person who shall claim to have a right to vote therein whom they or he shall know, suspect or believe not to be qualified or entitled to so vote, and said members of the district board or challenger shall have the power and right to ask all questions which are suitable and necessary to determine such person’s right. 

Resources for New Jersey:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for New Jersey 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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