Poll Watchers

The integrity of elections is a concern of all citizens, and although poll watchers may represent particular candidates, political parties or specific-purpose political action committees, their main interest is in the conduct of a fair and honest election.

A poll watcher’s role in an election is established by Chapter 33 of the Texas Election Code and is defined as follows:

Poll Watcher – a person appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of:

  • a candidate,
  • a political party, or
  • the proponents or opponents of a measure (specific-purpose political action committees).

A poll watcher must:

  • be a registered voter of the territory (e.g., city, school district) covered by the election and of the county for November general elections, primary elections, or other countywide elections; [Sec. 33.031]
  • not be a candidate for public office in an election held on the day the watcher seeks to serve; [Sec. 33.032]
  • not hold an elective public office; [Sec. 33.034]
  • not be an employee of an election judge or clerk serving at the same polling place; [Sec. 33.033]
  • not been finally convicted of an offense in connection with conduct directly attributable to an election; [Sec. 33.035] and
  • not be related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity (as determined by Tex. Govt. Code, Chapter 573, Subchapter B, Secs. 573.022 – 573.025) to an election judge or clerk serving at that polling place. A watcher may be related to the candidate the watcher is representing. [Sec. 33.033]

Below you will find a Poll Watcher’s Guide, along with forms to appoint a poll watcher by candidate, proposition, and party.

Poll Watcher’s Guide

Appointment of Poll Watcher by Candidate Form

Appointment of Poll Watcher by Proposition or Issue Form

Appointment of Poll Watcher by Party Form