Be a West Virginia 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 (Poll clerk, ballot commissioner) Must be 18+, a registered voter and a resident of the county.


No later than 70 days before election, the 2 major parties may each nominate 1 qualified person for each team of poll clerks and 1 qualified person for each team of election commissioners to be appointed for the election which they submit to the governing body (County, municipal or school board depending on election) and 49 days before an election the governing body appoints the poll clerks & commissioners. No “team of poll clerks” or “team of election commissioners” may consist of 2 persons with the same registered political party affiliation or 2 persons registered with no political party affiliation. Each precinct has to have at least 1 team of poll clerks, 1 team of election commissioners for the ballot box and 1 additional election commissioner.

  • Appointed by County Executive Committees. (Political party executive committees are elected every 4th year at Primary Election). Find your County Executive Democratic Committee here.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker

March 24, 2020



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

It is the duty of the members of the receiving board, jointly or severally, to challenge the right of any person requesting a ballot to vote in any election in certain circumstances.

Resources for West Virginia:

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for West Virginia 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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