Poll Watchers

What is a Poll Watcher?

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.


  • Registered voter of territory holding election (ISD, City, County, etc.)
  • Not be a candidate for public office in an election held on the same day
  • Not hold an elective public office
  • Not be an employee of the election judge or clerk serving at the same polling place
  • Not be finally convicted of an offense in connection with conduct directly attributable to an election
  • Not be related within the second degree to an election judge or clerk serving at the same polling location. A watcher may be related to the candidate the watcher is representing.

Appointment forms

Poll Watcher's Guide 

Appointment of Watcher by Candidate on the Ballot or Declared Write-In Candidate

Appointment for Watcher for Propositions or Issues

Appointment of Watcher by Political Party