Be a North Dakota 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 (Judge, poll clerk) You must be 18+, registered to vote in North Dakota, Political affiliation required, a resident of the precinct for the 30+ days prior to the election, complete required training. To sign up, contact your county election officials. 


The election judges for each polling place must be appointed in writing by district chairs representing the 2 parties that cast the largest number of votes in the state at the last general election. 40 days before an election, each party chair gives notice of appointments to the county auditor. If this notice is not received within the time specified, the county auditor appoints the judges & poll clerks.

Contact your county election officials. 

Find them here and here.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker:

January 30, 2020


Three poll challengers appointed by the district chairman of each political party represented on the election board are entitled to be in attendance at each polling place. (N.D. Cent. Code § 16.1-05-06) Election observers must be allowed uniform and nondiscriminatory access to all stages of the election process (N.D. Cent. Code § 16.1-05- 09). An election observer is a nonpartisan individual wishing to monitor the administration of the election. The law permits these people to observe but not interfere with those marking their ballot or with officials performing their duties. Election observers are selected by the organizations they represent. Election observers must wear a name badge indicating their identity and affiliation, however there are no residency restrictions for these individuals

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

Any member of the election board may challenge the right of an individual to vote if the election board member has knowledge or has reason to believe the individual is not a qualified elector. A poll challenger may request members of the election board to challenge the right of an individual to vote if the poll challenger has knowledge or has reason to believe the individual is not a qualified elector of the precinct.

Resources for North Dakota:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for North Dakota 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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