- process voters using election software on laptops
- issue ballots to voters
- provide voter assistance
- process curbside voters
- conduct crowd control and line management
- direct in parking areas
- and other administrative duties as assigned
What are the job requirements?
- Must be at least 18* years of age and legally eligible to work in the US.
- Must be a resident and registered voter in Columbus County, NC
- Must be available to work the full Election Day (approximately 5:30 am - 9:00 pm).
- Must maintain confidentiality of voter information and sign an oath of party/candidate impartiality
- Must be able to read and write along with basic typing and computer skills.
- Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods.
- Must be willing to work all positions and duties, including curbside voting, outdoor voter assistance, and breaking down the site.
- Must have reliable transportation to and from the voting site.
- Must attend one 3-hour training class.
- Attend a meeting at the voting site the night before Election Day to set up and discuss assignments.
*For students at least 17 years of age at the time of the election or primary please reference further details here
Volunteer Election Observers
Parties, candidates, citizen groups or independent organizations can deploy observers to witness the electoral process, both to learn from and improve the process. Observers are trained to attentively watch without interfering. They examine not only Election Day activities, such as the casting of ballots, but also pre-election and post-election processes. Observer may watch such activities as voter registration, testing of voting machines, ballot tabulation and recounts, and much more. They gather relevant information about the electoral process and can report back to election officials when problems arise.
North Carolina Election Observer activities:
Pre-election day processes
- Voting equipment testing is open to the public (N.C.G.S. § 163-165.7; 08 NCAC 04 .0307).
- During the time allowed for voting, only election officials, partisan observers, runners, voters, those authorized to provide assistance, and minor children, are allowed in the voting enclosure. (N.C.G.S. §163-166.3).
- Partisan observers that are appointed by the county political party are permitted and must be registered voters of the county in which they observe. Additionally, the State political parties can each designate 100 at-large observers who are North Carolina registered voters, and they can observe any voting place in the State. No more than two county observers and one at-large observer from the same political party are permitted in the voting enclosure at any time. (N.C.S.G.S. § 163-45).
- Partisan observers may also be present at early voting locations, which is called one-stop voting in North Carolina (N.C.S.G.A § 163-227.6).
Absentee ballot processing and counting
- Absentee ballot counting is open to the public (N.C.S.G.S. § 163-234). Note: counting can take place at the absentee meetings under G.S. 163-230.1(f) but cannot be tabulated and results reported until Election Day. In some counties, these meetings may only be accessible to the public via live video stream due to COVID-19.
- Procedures for closing the polling place is open to public inspection. This includes the return and accounting of all ballots, the certification of ballots by officials of more than one political party, the delivery of registration documents to the county board of elections, and the return to the county board of all issued equipment (N.C.S.G. § 163-166.10). See also 08 NCAC 10B .0105.
- The vote count is open to the public (N.C.S.G. § 163-182.2(3)).
- Recounts provide opportunities for public observation (N.C.S.G. § 163-182.7).