Pollwatchers

Become a pollwatcher

To become a pollwatcher, download and complete the Pollwatcher Credentials document.

pollwatcher credentials document

ISBE pollwatcher info

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  1. What is a pollwatcher?
Pollwatchers sometimes referred to as challengers, checkers or watchers, are election observers who aid in ensuring the free and fair conduct of elections. Pollwatchers may be in the polling place before the polls open, during the actual voting hours, and after the polls close. A pollwatcher must present to the Election Judges credentials obtained from the County Clerk's office and signed by the County Clerk. These credentials must be presented immediately upon entering the polling place


Pollwatchers are official observers of an election. Election judges are the sole authority in the polling place on Election Day.

ISBE pollwatcher info

  1. What are pollwatcher qualifications?
  1. Who authorizes someone to be a pollwatcher?
  1. What are some rights of a pollwatcher?
  1. Pollwatcher limitations