Observers are defined as persons appointed by the political party chair or unaffiliated candidate campaign to attend a voting place during voting hours. Observers can be designated as regular observers or observers at large.
Observers must be on an approved appointment list provided by the county board of elections to the Chief Judge prior to the opening of polls. It is a requirement for all Observers to check-in with the Chief Judge upon arriving at the Precinct. Badges identifying the individual as an Observer is recommended. Regular observers are required to work shifts in four hour increments, and although the minimum requirement is four hours, they may work a maximum of 13 hours on Election Day. Only two regular observers per party are allowed in the precinct at one time.
At large observers are allowed to roam to any precinct on Election Day without shift requirements. Only one observer at large per party is allowed in the precinct at one time
Precinct observers have certain statutory rights while observing in a designated precinct. Observers are allowed to:
Precinct observers have certain statutory limitations while observing in a designated precinct. Observers are not allowed to:
The Chief Judge and Judges of election reserve the right to ensure “peace and good order in and about the place of registration and voting” (GS 163-47) and prevent improper practices. Please be in compliance with the rules established by the Chief Judge and Judges