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Illinois Pollwatcher Information

Illinois law provides for the pollwatchers to be present at the polling place during an election. Pollwatchers are intended to observe the conduct of the election and their prime concern is the integrity and fairness of the election.

  • Pollwatchers sometimes referred to as challengers, checkers or simply 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. Each pollwatcher must surrender his credentials to the judges when he enters to polling place. The pollwatcher must also sign the POLLWATCHER REGISTER. If an individual refuses to surrender his credentials or if the credentials are not valid, he must leave. ALL credentials remain in the possession of the judges. Credentials are returned to the Election Authority after the polls close.

  • A pollwatcher must be registered to vote in the state of Illinois and MUST be affiliated with the party or organization he/she is representing.

  • Pollwatchers may represent established political parties, candidates, qualified organization of citizens or organized proponents or opponents of ballot propositions. Each pollwatcher must have credentials issued by the Grundy County Clerk or The Illinois State Board of Elections. These credentials must be presented by the pollwatcher to the election judges immediately upon entering the polling place.

    • Before the first ballot is cast, pollwatchers may observe that the ballot box is empty
    • Pollwatchers may position themselves near enough to the election judges to examine the applications for ballot
    • Pollwatchers may watch as the judges initial and distribute the ballots to voter, and as the ballots are deposited into the ballot box after the voter has voted
    • Pollwatchers may challenge a person’s right to vote. A reason for the challenge must be stated. (Possible reasons include; the person voted earlier in the day, the person moved or the person lacks qualifications) The judges of election determine whether or not to sustain a challenge
    • Pollwatchers may observe the processing procedures after the polls close

    Further information is available at the State Board of Elections web site www.elections.il.gov