Party Poll Watcher
What is a Poll Watcher
A poll watcher is a person designated by an independent candidate, nonpartisan candidate, a political party, or political body to observe at a polling place on election day or during advance voting. Poll Watchers may be permitted behind the enclosed space for the purpose of observing the conduct of the election and the counting and recording of votes. Candidates listed on the ballot are ineligible to serve as a poll watcher in such primary, election, or runoff.
No person shall be appointed or be eligible to serve as a poll watcher in any primary or election in which such person is a candidate. Poll watcher training must be provided by the political party, political body, or candidate designating the poll watcher.
Prohibited Activities of Poll Watchers
- Talking to voters
- Checking electors lists
- Using photographic or other electronic monitoring or recording devices
- Using cellular telephones
- Wearing anything advertising a candidacy or advocating for or against an issue.
- Electioneering or any kind of campaigning in the polling place or within 150 feet of the entrance of the polling place during voting hours. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-414(a)