Be a Texas 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 (Presiding Judge, Alternate Judge, Clerk) You must be 18+, registered to vote in Texas, a resident of the precinct for 30 days prior to the election, must complete training. To signup, contact your county clerks.


The County Commissioners’ court make appointments from lists submitted, before July each year, by political parties whose candidate for Governor received highest & 2nd highest number of votes in most recent gubernatorial general election. Presiding election judge will be from party with highest votes & alternate from party with 2nd- highest. Presiding judge appoints at least 2 clerks for each precinct in each election, at least 1 from each list supplied by county chairs of 2 parties with the highest gubernatorial votes; not later than the 5th day after the date the judge receives the list.

  • To sign up, contact your county clerks here.


“Watcher” means a person appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of a candidate, a political party, or the proponents or opponents of a measure. Each appointing authority may appoint no more than two watchers for each precinct polling place. To be eligible to serve as a watcher, a person must be a qualified voter.

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


Resources for Texas:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Texas 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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