Davidson County, North Carolina
Board of Elections

Poll Worker Information

Davidson County Board of Elections Poll Worker Information

During an election cycle, the Davidson County Board of Elections recruits numerous part time workers to assist with the election process.  Provided below is a description of the positions available during an election and an application that you may complete if you are interested in serving in this capacity.  Applications may be returned to our office by mail, fax or email.


Precinct Election Officials - Election Day

Qualifications:

  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be a resident of the county in which the precinct is located
  • Must not be an elected government official or a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • Must not be a candidate in the election


How Appointed:

Precinct officials can be recommended by the political parties and are appointed by the Davidson County Board of Elections for a two (2) year term beginning in August of odd numbered years.


Available Positions:

  • Chief Judge: The Chief Judge is the head official and is in charge of election day activities, as well as picking up and returning Election Day supplies
  • Judges: The Judges work closely with the Chief Judge and are responsible for conducting the election in the Chief Judge's absence. They must sign all official documents and serve on a panel to resolve any challenges.
  • Assistants: The Assistants serve when needed at the discretion and direction of the Chief Judge.

  

Training:
All officials are required to attend training sessions conducted by the county Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election.


Compensation:
Precinct officials are compensated for their time spent in training and for working Election Day.
   

   
   

  

One-Stop Poll Workers - Early Voting
One-Stop poll workers are assigned to work at given one-stop locations for the two (2) week absentee voting period before Election Day.


Qualifications:

  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be a resident of the county in which the precinct is located
  • Must not be an elected government official or a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • Must not be a candidate in the election
  • Must be able to operate a computer

 

Training:
All officials are required to attend training sessions conducted by the county Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election.

 

Rovers
Rovers are trained workers that provide support to any assigned location on Election Day.  These positions are appointed by the Board of Elections
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Qualifications:

  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be a resident of the county in which the precinct is located
  • Must not be an elected government official or a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • Must not be a candidate in the election
  • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds
  • Must be prepared to work 15 - 18 hours on Election Day
  • Must be familiar with the county and capable of reading a map or navigating by GPS to arrive at numerous destinations
  • Must have a valid NC Driver's License and a properly registered vehicle with NCDMV

 

PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICIAL APPLICATION
click this link to access the State Board of Elections guide and application

 

What Should I Expect on Election Day?
 
Election Day Checklist:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers for optimum comfort to account for varying temperatures
  • Be prepared to work from 6 a.m. until your polling place closes (or if Chief Judge until all supplies are returned to the Board of Elections on Election Night)
  • Leave your campaign buttons and political jewelry at home
  • Discussions of politics is not permitted while working at the polls
  • Arrange for enough food and drinks for the entire day
  • Smoking is not permitted in the polling place
  • Dependent upon position assigned by Chief Judge, there may be extended periods of sitting or standing


ARE YOU A DAVIDSON COUNTY EMPLOYEE?

Davidson County employees assist with the Election Day process. If you would like to help, please contact the Board of Elections office and we will provide you with additional information.