Precinct Official Description & Guidelines
NATURE OF WORK:
The precinct official plays a critical role in a successfully-run election. This individual is the face of the election to the voters and is the first to handle problems that may occur. Serving as a precinct official requires an impartial, calm approach to handling highly-stressful situations.
Election Day is a long day for precinct officials. The day begins before the polls open at 6:30 a.m. and extends through the closing procedures and cleanup after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Precinct officials oversee voting activity at the polling place for the entire day, while ensuring that they interact with the public in an impartial and professional manner. Precinct officials must be able to quickly assess situations and formulate solutions to ensure smooth operations at the polling place. They also enforce electioneering restrictions outside the polling place to ensure that voters have clear access. Following the election, the County Board of Elections may call upon precinct officials to help in the reconciliation process or account for problems they encountered.
Mandatory training is vital to the success of every precinct official. The County Board of Elections works diligently to ensure that comprehensive and convenient training opportunities are available for those who have taken up the responsibility of serving their community in this role.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Be a registered voter living within the precinct;
- Must not hold any elective office or be a candidate for election, OR hold any office in a state, congressional district, county or precinct political party/organization, OR be the treasurer/manager of such party/organization;
- Be of good moral character;
- Be able to read, write, and decipher information provided by voters;
- Be able to attend or observe all required training sessions (some training sessions will be in-person while some training may be available online); and
- Be available for any post-election matters where the precinct official is needed, such as recounts, audits, or election protests.
FREQUENTLY USED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Ability and knowledge to use computers, including opening and closing procedures for voting machines, using laptops and printers for elections applications, voter look-ups, etc.;
- Ability to provide information to voters;
- Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in verbal and written form;
- Ability to organize and direct the activities of a polling place; and
- Ability to lift or move voting machines, precinct supply boxes and other materials needed to operate a polling location.
A PRECINCT OFFICIAL MUST NOT:
- Be an elected official in any federal, state or local government
- Be a candidate for nomination or election
- Hold any office in a political party or political organization
- Be a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
- Serve in an election if a parent, spouse, child or sibling has filed for elective office. No blood relative of first cousin or nearer, or a parent in-law, child in-law or sibling in-law may serve together at the same precinct.
Precinct officials (poll workers) are recommended by the county political parties. Precinct Chief Judges and Judges are appointed by the Board of Elections in August of odd-numbered years to serve a 2-year term. Precinct Assistants are appointed by the Board of Elections prior to each election.
Pursuant to G.S. 163-46, all precinct officials shall attend instructional training before each primary, general and municipal election. Training sessions are held in the Board of Election office at 1409 Parkview Drive. Precinct officials are compensated for attending training.
For questions or more information contact the Pasquotank County Board of Elections at 335-1739.
Registered voters who are interested in serving as a precinct official should contact your local party chair and download the application here, complete the form and mail it to:
Pasquotank County Board of Elections
PO Box 1797
Elizabeth City, NC 27906-1797