HOW PRECINCT OFFICIALS ARE APPOINTED
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.
WHO CAN SERVE AS A PRECINCT OFFICIAL
"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."
The CHIEF JUDGE is the head official and is in charge of election day activities, as well as picking up and returning election day supplies. The JUDGES work closely with the Chief Judge and are responsible for conducting the election in the Chief Judge’s absence. They must sign all official documents and serve on a panel to resolve any challenges. The ASSISTANTS serve when needed and at the discretion and direction of the Chief Judge.
GS 163-46 requires all Precinct Officials to attend training conducted by the Board of Elections prior to each major Primary and General Election. All Precinct Officials are issued a Training Manual at the required training session. They receive training concerning specific issues affecting the upcoming Election, Election laws and procedures, and instruction on how to properly operate all Polling Place equipment. Precinct Officials are paid to attend the training session in addition to their Election Day compensation.
There are approximately four elections scheduled in each two year term. Special Referenda and Bond Elections may also be called for. Elections are always held on Tuesdays.
Officials must be in the voting place at and remain until all votes have been counted and documents signed - usually or Officials must remain at the voting place for the entire day.
Click here for a Precinct Officials application.