(excerpts from North Carolina General Statutes 163-41)
"Persons appointed must be registered voters and residents of the county in which the precinct is located, of good repute, and able to read and write."
"No person shall be eligible to serve as a precinct official & who holds any elective office under the government of the United States or of North Carolina or any political subdivision there of."
"No person shall serve who is a candidate for nomination or election."
"No person shall be eligible who holds any office in any state congressional district, county or precinct political party or political organization or who is a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party."
Precinct election officials are recommended by the political parties and appointed by the Board of Elections for two-year terms beginning in August of odd-numbered years.
The CHIEF JUDGE is the head official and is in charge of contacting the voting place custodian and the other officials to make arrangements for each election. The Chief Judge is also responsible for handling election day activities and problems, as well as picking up election day supplies prior to each election and for returning all supplies the day after the election.
The JUDGES work closely with the Chief Judge and are responsible for conducting the election in the event of the Chief Judge's absence. They must sign all official documents and serve on a panel to resolve any challenges. The Chief Judge assigns all other duties.
The ASSISTANTS serve when needed and at the discretion and direction of the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge assigns all duties.
There are approximately five elections scheduled in each two year term. Special referenda and bond elections may also be called for. The Chief Judge and two Judges are required to work every election. Assistants are called when needed.
- Elections are always held on Tuesdays.
- All polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Officials must be in the voting place at 6:00a.m. and remain until all votes have been counted and documents signed - usually 8:30p.m. or 9:00p.m. Officials must remain at the voting place for the entire day.
GS 163-46 requires all officials to attend training sessions conducted by the Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election. The Chief Judge and Judges are issued a Precinct Election Officials' Manual at the required training session. They receive training concerning specific issues affecting the upcoming election. Precinct election officials are paid to attend these training sessions in addition to their election day compensation.
ELECTION DAY CHECKLIST FOR OFFICIALS
Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers for optimum comfort to account for varying polling place temperatures.
- Leave your campaign buttons, political jewelry and political slogan T-shirts at home.
- Discussion of politics is not permitted while working at the polls.
- Arrange for enough food and drinks for the entire day.
- Smoking is not permitted in the voting enclosure.
IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED.....
The Craven County Board of Elections always needs capable precinct election officials. If you would like more information on becoming a precinct election official, contact your political party or e-mail our precinct officials coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can see, your precinct election officials work long hours in demanding conditions to ensure fair and accurate elections. The next time you vote, be sure to thank your election officials for serving!
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