HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE POLL WATCHER: A Pollwatcher Guideline Following are the election integrity pollwatching tasks for Election Day, to encourage citizen
ownership of elections and to increase accountability and transparency.
1. WATCH for campaigning within 10 feet of the polls:
No political activity, no distribution of campaign literature; no pollworker or pollwatcher campaign buttons or apparel are
allowed within these10 feet.
2. WATCH FOR CONSISTENCY between numbered lists
of voters vs. machine counts, especially at end of day. The numbers should match.
FOR FLEEING VOTERS who didn’t press the Vote button correctly: Catch them before they leave the polling room
and ask the voter to return and press the Vote button to finalize their voting choices.
4. WATCH FOR MALFUNCTIONING MACHINES (votes switching, fading, etc.)
FOR ANY MACHINE NOT WORKING, for however short a time.
6. WATCH FOR LONG LINES:
Are voters waiting more than half an hour?
7. WATCH FOR APPROPRIATE USE OF EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOTS:
If a voting machine is inoperable, and not repairable or replaceable, then emergency paper ballots may be used, per Pennsylvania law. If all of a precinct’s voting machines
malfunction, then emergency paper ballots MUST be used, per new State of Pennsylvania directive.
8. WATCH how voter situations are handled when names are not in the poll book (sign in book for voters). The
Judge of Elections should be expected to call the Board of Elections for advice on any unresolved questions
After polls close, WATCH
that absentee ballots are processed according to procedure, preserving
privacy. WATCH to be sure the machine tape results match the recorded results on the canvass report.
see problems, tell your Judge of Elections, who may contact the County Board of Elections for assistance. Local
election protection lawyers are available also, as needed. Committee people should know how to contact these lawyers. To additionally
register a complaint, call the local Coalition for Voting Integrity hotline: 215-589-1930. We’ll report
problems to national hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE and 1-866-MY-VOTE-1. Trust your instincts -- call if you see anything unusual.
Fill out enclosed pollwatcher checklist [download at top of page] and mail to CVI, PO Box 536,
Doylestown, PA 18901.