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Election Day Positions

Election Day Positions

Every Election cycle, we are dependent upon qualified individuals to serve as election officials. An individual's party affiliation, address, and repute are all factors when being considered as a precinct official.

NC Election Laws & Rules have specific requirements and restrictions when appointing precinct officials. We encourage all who are interested to apply. 

All Precinct Officials will be required to:

  • attend 2 hour training sessions (2 or 3 sessions may be required)

  • have their own transportation to and from the polling place on Election Day

  • work from 6:00 am until at least 8:00 pm

  • lift 30 pounds

  • assist with setting up the precinct the night before

Chief Judges

One Chief Judge serves in each precinct on Election Day. They are the managers of the precinct. They are responsible for

  • visiting the precinct to meet with site personnel before the election or primary

  • coordinating with their precinct Judges and Assistants

  • ensuring officials know what their duties are and how to preform them

  • maintaining order inside and outside of the precinct

  • identifying deficiencies at the precinct and notify the Board of Elections

  • transporting supplies to and from the precinct before and on election day


One Republican Judge and one Democrat Judge will serve in each precinct on Election Day. They are assigned and trained to work at either the Ballot station or the Exit station in a precinct. All precinct officials assist with the setup of the precinct the night before the election. In addition to their station duties, Judges will assist the Chief Judge with

  • verifying supplies

  • opening and closing of the polls

  • ruling on voter challenges in the precinct on election day

  • witnessing election documentation


A minimum of one Republican and one Democrat will serve as an assistant in each precinct. They are assigned and trained to work at the Voter Check-in or Help station in a precinct.


Voter Check-in Assistants must have a technical knowledge at a level that is able to:

  • set up a laptop and printer

  • handle consistent data entry for voter look up and printing forms/reports

  • change ink cartridges

Help Assistants do NOT need to have computer skills but will need:

  • basic technical knowledge to assist voters with the accessible voting equipment

  • to do a considerable amount of walking to assist curbside voters

Student Assistants

A minimum of one student will serve at each precinct. Only students with good academic standing and permission from their principal and parent may participate. Student must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen

  • will be at least 17 years old by Election Day

  • reside in Stanly County

Students are trained and assigned to work as the curbside assistant in a precinct on Election Day. Student assistants must be able to:

  • assist with setting up the voting enclosure the night before

  • stand/walk for a majority of the day (14 hours)

  • Work the entire shift from 6:00am until 8:00pm without leaving


Appointed by election as needed to handle technical issues. Rovers will be assigned to a specific group of precincts that they will assist during setup the night before and then again on Election Day.  They will be trained on how to handle issues with voting equipment including the ballot counter, accessible voting machines, laptops, barcode scanners, cell phones, and other items as required. Rovers must meet the following requirements:

  • have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle large enough to transport voting equipment if needed

  • able to lift of up to 50 pounds

On Election Day, Rovers will be station in the Board of Elections office until there is a need in one of their precincts. While in the office they may be assigned to answering phones, or directing the public. Once the precincts have closed, rovers will assist with Election night check-in until all precincts have reported.  

Emergency Workers

These positions are typically filled by unaffiliated voters. They work on an as needed basis.


When there is a vacancy, emergency workers may be assigned to a position prior to or during Election Day. They are required to attend training classes for 2 different positions. They are placed only in a position in which they have been trained to fill.

Student Assistants

Early Voting Positions

All Early Voting officials are considered temporary employees of the Board of Elections office. This prohibits any Early Voting worker from political activity such as campaigning or publicly endorsing a candidate or referendum.

Any Official working during the Early voting period will be required to:

  • attend 2 hour training sessions (in addition to any assigned training for other positions)

  • have transportation to and from the voting site or facility

  • must be available the entire early voting period or longer for MAT members

  • work multiple days and lift up to 30 pounds if necessary

  • assist with setup if working at a voting site

One-Stop early voting locations are approved before each election. Dependent upon the sites operating hours and estimated voter turn out, the number of officials assigned to a site may vary and 2 shifts may be offered. Many election day officials serve as one-stop officials. The duties of one-stop are similar to those of Election Day. All One-Stop officials are required to attend a training session (separate from election day). Officials are assigned to work at a specific station during the entire one stop period. Early Voting positions consist of the following:

  • Chief Judge

    • manage voting site

    • inventory supplies and ballots needed

    • monitor no campaigning buffer zone

    • document issues/complaints (computer, voter, campaigner, etc.)

    • cleans voting booths

  • Information/Line control

    • will manage the voter line and traffic to the check-in stations 

    • provide basic voting information if requested

    • extended periods of standing may be required

  • Voter Check-in/Curbside

    • setting up a laptop and printer​

    • data entry of voter information

    • print voting forms for voters

  • Help Station​

    • account for and secure provisional ballots

    • issue Provisional ballots to voters ​

    • assist voters who need to use the use the accessible ballot marking device

    • assist curbside voters (will require extensive walking/standing)

  • Ballot Station​

    • verify voting forms are complete​

    • account for and secure ballots

    • issue ballots to voters

  • Exit​

    • monitors the ballot tabulator​

    • assists voters with tabulator error messages

    • cleans secrecy folders and ensures voters don't leave with a ballot

  • Emergency Assistant

    • attends training for 2 different positions​

    • works on an as needed basis

Early Voting Positions
MAT Team

MAT Team Members

A Multipartisan Assistance Team, or “MAT,” is a group that has been appointed by the local County Board of Elections to provide assistance with mail-in absentee voting to voters in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. 

At the request of the voter, the MAT members will travel to the facility to assist the voter in:

  • registering to vote 

  • requesting a ballot

  • or completing the ballot 


Their job is to assist them with completing forms, physically marking the ballot, and completing witnessing information for the absentee ballot. Having two team members assist the voter (one of each party) ensures that the voter receives impartial, professional assistance, the voting selections are the voters, and they remain confidential.

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