Polling Place Guidelines

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

Observation at Polling Places

Face masks are required if you are not fully vaccinated.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Observers may observe polling place set-up before the polls open, all activities while the polls are open, and polling place closing procedures. Following are guidelines for observers.

  • All observers must check in with the Chief Inspector at the polling place.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the work areas. Water is ok.
  • No talking on cell phones inside polling place.
  • No photos, videotaping or filming within 100’ of the polling place entrance and inside the polling place.
  • No campaign buttons, signs or literature allowed within 100 feet of the polling place entrance.
  • An observer’s function is to observe procedures at the polls. Observers cannot assist in operations, touch or handle any ballots or other election-related materials, challenge actions by poll workers or sit at official table.
  • Direct all questions to the Chief Inspector or Deputy Inspector.
  • Avoid physical contact with poll workers.
  • Hold discussions and conversations with other observers outside of the polling place.
  • Report problems with observation activities or concerns about procedures to the Registrar of Voters at 1-415-473-6456.