Election Officials

The New Hanover County Board of Elections relies on civic minded members of the community to help administer voting during an election. If you are interested in working as an Election Official in any of the below capacities please apply by using our electronic application or contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections for more details.

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Election Day Workers staff each of the polling places in New Hanover County on Election Day. There are multiple statutory and administrative positions that an election official may be assigned. Below is an explanation of the positions, qualifications and compensation details.

Statutory Positions

Chief Judge

Each precinct is headed by an appointed Chief Judge. They are responsible for managing all Election Day activities within their precinct, picking up and returning Election Day supplies, setting up and breaking down the polling place and resolving any issues that may arise during Election Day.

Judge

Two Judges are appointed to each precinct and work closely with the Chief Judge to manage the polling place. They sign off on all official documents, aid the Chief Judge in resolving challenges and assist with polling place set up and break down.

Assistant

Assists the Chief Judge and Judges on Election Day. Assistants are assigned by the Board of Elections to work numerous administrative positions in the polling place including laptop operator, curbside coordinator, ballot distributor – among others.

Administrative Positions

Laptop Operator

Maintains the check-in station that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Help Desk Operator

Ensures that all voters who need to vote a provisional ballot or who need some type of update to their information are processed quickly and efficiently.

Ballot Distributor

Matches voters with the correct ballot style to ensure that each voter is receiving the candidates and issues they are legally allowed to vote. The ballot station is the point in the precinct where voters receive their paper ballot.

Curbside Coordinator

Responsible for assisting voters who are unable to enter the voting enclosure due to age, physical disability or physical barriers. The curbside coordinator assists the voter to ensure the voting process is accomplished just as if they had voted inside the voting enclosure.

Elections Greeter

Ensures that voters have their questions answered while they wait in the main check-in line. The elections greeter maintains proper flow of the entrance and exit lines at the polling place and hand out the “I Voted” stickers.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be a registered voter of New Hanover County
  • Must be of good repute and able to read and write
  • May not hold elective office under the government of the United States, North Carolina, or any other political subdivision
  • May not be a candidate for nomination or election
  • May not hold office in any state, congressional district, county, or precinct political party or political organization
  • May not hold office as a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • All Election Day Workers must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Election Day Workers are required to work from 5:30 AM until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8:00-8:30 PM)

Compensation

  • Chief Judges – $225
  • Judges – $180
  • Assistants – $120
  • Training (All Officials) – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

One-Stop Workers staff each of the One-Stop “Early Voting” locations in New Hanover County during the 18-day “Early Voting” period. during One-Stop Voting, there are fewer polling places open and the schedule differs than that on Election Day. The location(s), dates and times are decided on and approved by the Board of Elections prior to each election. There are multiple positions that an election official may be assigned to at a One-Stop site. Below is an explanation of the positions, qualifications and compensation details.

Positions

Site Lead

Each One-Stop site is headed by a Site Lead. They are responsible for managing all One-Stop Voting activities within their location, picking up and returning One-Stop supplies and resolving any issues that may arise during the day.

Judge

Two Judges are assigned to each One-Stop site and work closely with the Site Lead to manage the location. They sign off on all official documents, aid the Site Lead in resolving challenges and assist with management of the One-Stop location.

Assistant

Assists the Site and Judges during the One-Stop period. Assistants are assigned by the Board of Elections to work numerous administrative positions in the One-Stop location including laptop operator, curbside coordinator, ballot distributor – among others.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be a registered voter of New Hanover County
  • Must be of good repute and able to read and write
  • May not hold elective office under the government of the United States, North Carolina, or any other political subdivision
  • May not be a candidate for nomination or election
  • May not hold office in any state, congressional district, county, or precinct political party or political organization
  • May not hold office as a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • All One-Stop Workers must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on during the “Early Voting” period

Compensation

  • All Positions – $10 Per Hour
  • Training (All Officials) – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

Qualified high school students interested in working the polls on Election Day are able to serve their communities as Student Election Assistants (SEA’s). They are paid for training and their work on Election Day when Student Election Assistants serve alongside  New Hanover County Election Officials to ensure full staff coverage of all polling places.

Most SEA’s serve as laptop operators on Election Day. In this role, the Student Election Assistant maintains one of the check-in stations that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 17 years old by Election Day
  • Must be a resident of New Hanover County
  • Must be enrolled in a public or private high school or home school
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have permission from a parent, guardian or legal custodian
  • Must have permission from school principal or director
  • All Student Election Assistants must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Student Election Assistants are excused from class and required to work from 5:30 AM until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8:00-8:30 PM)

Compensation

  • Student Election Assistants – $120
  • Training – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

A Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT) is a group of voters who have been appointed by the New Hanover County Board of Elections to provide assistance with absentee-by-mail voting to voters living at assisted-living facilities. MAT’s consist of at least two voters of different party affiliations who visit assisted-living facilities as needed throughout the Absentee Voting period.

What services do MAT’s offer?

  • Requesting an absentee-by-mail ballot
    • MAT’s provide the absentee ballot request form and may help fill it out if necessary. The Multipartisan Assistance Team will deliver the completed form back to the Board of Elections office and the ballot will be mailed to the voter in the following days.
  • Casting an absentee-by-mail ballot
    • Once a mail-in absentee ballot has been requested, the ballot will arrive to the voter in the mail. MAT’s can help with marking the ballot, completing the return envelope and serving as witnesses to the act of voting.

Compensation

  • MAT Members – $25 Per Visit
  • Training – $25 Per Class

*Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

2019-2021 Chief Judge and Judge Original Appointees

  • Chief Judge:
    Sonia Jordan-Nobles
  • Judge (D):
    Jeanie Cheek
  • Judge (R):
    Gregory "Doug" Ramsey
  • Chief Judge:
    Garrick Purdie
  • Judge (D):
    Shirley Mazzeo
  • Judge (R):
    Patricia "Patsy" Humbles
  • Chief Judge:
    Robert Joe "Red" Martin
  • Judge (R):
    Sharon McCluskey
  • Judge (D):
    VACANT
  • Chief Judge:
    Sally Vasilevich
  • Judge (D):
    Genevieve Rice Beatty
  • Judge (R):
    Mary Lou Kueffer
  • Chief Judge:
    Rebecca Blackmore
  • Judge (R):
    Kenneth P. Phillips
  • Judge (D):
    Sally Vann
  • Chief Judge:
    Jana Schedler Albritton
  • Judge (D):
    Brenda Bondurant
  • Judge (R):
    Pamela "Pam" Arthur
  • Chief Judge:
    Catherine Brumm
  • Judge (R):
    Dori Baril
  • Judge (D):
    Robert LaGoe
  • Chief Judge:
    Evelyn Lagoe
  • Judge (R):
    Christopher Randall
  • Judge (D):
    Paula Recko
  • Chief Judge:
    Susan Vanecek
  • Judge (R):
    Betsy McQuillen
  • Judge (R):
    Francine Humphrey Hall
  • Chief Judge:
    VACANT
  • Judge (D):
    Marsha Williams
  • Judge (R):
    Clyde Keith Farmer
  • Chief Judge:
    Joel Sanders
  • Judge (R):
    Robert Lee Ashmore
  • Judge (D):
    Janus M. Jacobson
  • Chief Judge:
    VACANT
  • Judge (R):
    Walker Love
  • Judge (D):
    Linda Smith
  • Chief Judge:
    Cher Pridgen
  • Judge (R):
    Ronald H. Lafond
  • Judge (D):
    Patricia "Pam" McMahon
  • Chief Judge:
    Russell "Russ" Deats
  • Judge (R):
    Catherine "Cathe" Rafferty
  • Judge (D):
    Linda G. Steadman
  • Chief Judge:
    Pamela Valle
  • Judge (R):
    Robert Keefer
  • Judge (D):
    VACANT
  • Chief Judge:
    John David Purnell
  • Judge (R):
    Rita Stolp
  • Judge (D):
    Donald Brainard
  • Chief Judge:
    Amy Christoff
  • Judge (R):
    Cherie Anne Albright
  • Judge (D):
    Kia Dark Hicks
  • Chief Judge:
    Carol Giachetti
  • Judge (U):
    Darla Jane Hughes
  • Judge (D):
    Sheila Grady
  • Chief Judge:
    Constance "Connie" Petrovic
  • Judge (D):
    Judith Kay Butts
  • Judge (R):
    Dante Chinni
  • Chief Judge:
    Jessica O'Neill
  • Judge (R):
    Carol Ann Lupton
  • Judge (D):
    Rebecca "Becky" Mahler
  • Chief Judge:
    Deborah Brasse Hewitt
  • Judge (D):
    Danette Brown
  • Judge (U):
    William Mayhew
  • Chief Judge:
    Renee Z. Muhammad
  • Judge (D):
    Kathy Broadus
  • Judge (R):
    Amy Hobbs
  • Chief Judge:
    June Cradick
  • Judge (D):
    Nancy Ellen Wells
  • Judge (R):
    Maria Bernwinkler
  • Chief Judge:
    Sandra "Sandy" Henderson
  • Judge (R):
    Theon Charles Backes
  • Judge (U):
    William Brampton
  • Chief Judge:
    Diane Gayle Tabor
  • Judge (D):
    MaryAnn Kornegay
  • Judge (R):
    Anita Jacobs
  • Chief Judge:
    Lori Hull
  • Judge (R):
    VACANT
  • Judge (D):
    Elease Brown
  • Chief Judge:
    Diane Brown
  • Judge (U):
    Amy Gilman
  • Judge (D):
    Sophia James
  • Chief Judge:
    Joan Geiszler-Ludlum
  • Judge (D):
    Pamela Minor
  • Judge (R):
    Darlene B. Powell
  • Chief Judge:
    Mimi Marquis
  • Judge (R):
    VACANT
  • Judge (D):
    Connie Johnson
  • Chief Judge:
    Kathryn Coiro
  • Judge (D):
    Emma Jackson
  • Judge (R):
    Jerry Cannon
  • Chief Judge:
    Jeff Bellows
  • Judge (R):
    James Whiteley
  • Judge (U):
    Neal Lewis
  • Chief Judge:
    Kelley Wagner
  • Judge (R):
    Tonya Fisher
  • Judge (D):
    VACANT
  • Chief Judge:
    VACANT
  • Judge (D):
    Emily Fountain
  • Judge (U):
    Dave Weaver
  • Chief Judge:
    Freddie "Don" Hickman
  • Judge (D):
    Kathryn B. Mathis
  • Judge (R):
    Joseph Michael Worsham
  • Chief Judge:
    Matlynn Yeoman
  • Judge (R):
    Jeanene Matthews
  • Judge (U):
    Carol Barclay
  • Chief Judge:
    Mary McKernan
  • Judge (D):
    Lynda Sheehan
  • Judge (R):
    Suzanne Marmion
  • Chief Judge:
    Donna Bender
  • Judge (R):
    Sondra North
  • Judge (U):
    Dawn Midkiff
  • Chief Judge:
    Charles Clay Blanton
  • Judge (R):
    Susan Walker
  • Judge (D):
    Elaine Syres
  • Chief Judge:
    Christine McFee
  • Judge (U):
    Jordan Calfee
  • Judge (D):
    Mary Kilgore-Armwood
  • Chief Judge:
    Nick Radan
  • Judge (R):
    VACANT
  • Judge (D):
    Rosa Logan Davis
  • Chief Judge:
    Marietta Hammonds
  • Judge (R):
    Henry Winters
  • Judge (D):
    Jacqueline Siers
  • Chief Judge:
    Margaret Marie Ashworth
  • Judge (R):
    Katherine Dodd
  • Judge (D):
    David James "Jim" Schweizer
  • Chief Judge:
    Marilyn "Joy" Miller
  • Judge (R):
    Robert "Bob" Morton
  • Judge (D):
    Veronica "Ronnie" Thomas
Board of Elections: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7330 • Fax 910-798-7295