Be a Vermont 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 (Assistant election official, Inspector, Ward Clerk) You must be 18+, registered to vote in Vermont, a resident of the voting district, complete required training. To signup, contact your town clerks. 


The board of civil authority appoints assistant election officers prior to election. The board tries to appoint an equal number of persons from each major political party. The town clerk is the presiding officer unless the town, by vote or charter, shall provide otherwise. If the regular presiding officer is unavailable or unable to preside at any given election, then the board of civil authority shall promptly appoint a voter of the town to serve as the presiding officer at that election. If more than one polling place is used, the board shall appoint a presiding officer for each additional polling place.

  • To sign up, contact your county clerks here.
  • Info here.


Each organized political party, each candidate on the ballot not representing an organized political party, and each committee supporting or opposing any public question on the ballot shall have the right to have not more than 2 representatives outside the guardrail for the purpose of observing the voting process and challenging the right of any person to vote. 

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

In all cases the representatives shall have the right to hear or see the name of a person seeking to vote, and they shall have the right to make an immediate challenge to a person’s right to vote.

Resources for Vermont:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Vermont 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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