Poll Watchers

A poll watcher is a person designated by a candidate, political party or political committee to watch and observe the conduct of elections. Poll watchers are not paid for their services by the Department of Elections or, in municipal elections, the City Clerk. Each poll watcher must be a registered voter of the county in which he or she servies. No candidate, sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer or other law enforcement officer may serve as a poll watcher.
 

Special Unitary Election for City Council At-Large Group 3
Deadline to Submit Poll Watchers

Early Voting: November 13, 2021, before noon
Election Day: November 23, 2021, before noon

Poll Watcher Guidelines

Division of Elections Opinion on Electronic Device Use by Poll Watchers

 

F.S. 101.131 Watcher at Polls

101.131 Watchers at polls.—
(1) Each political party and each candidate may
have one watcher in each polling room or early voting
area at any one time during the election. A political
committee formed for the specific purpose of expressly
advocating the passage or defeat of an issue on the
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ballot may have one watcher for each polling room or
early voting area at any one time during the election. No
watcher shall be permitted to come closer to the
officials’ table or the voting booths than is reasonably
necessary to properly perform his or her functions, but
each shall be allowed within the polling room or early
voting area to watch and observe the conduct of
electors and officials. The poll watchers shall furnish
their own materials and necessities and shall not
obstruct the orderly conduct of any election. The poll
watchers shall pose any questions regarding polling
place procedures directly to the clerk for resolution.
They may not interact with voters. Each poll watcher
shall be a qualified and registered elector of the county
in which he or she serves.
(2) Each party, each political committee, and each
candidate requesting to have poll watchers shall
designate, in writing to the supervisors of elections,
on a form prescribed by the division, before noon of the
second Tuesday preceding the election poll watchers
for each polling room on election day. Designations of
poll watchers for early voting areas shall be submitted in
writing to the supervisor of elections, on a form
prescribed by the division, before noon at least 14
days before early voting begins. The poll watchers for
polling rooms shall be approved by the supervisor of
elections on or before the Tuesday before the election.
Poll watchers for early voting areas shall be approved
by the supervisor of elections no later than 7 days
before early voting begins. The supervisor shall furnish
to each election board a list of the poll watchers
designated and approved for such polling rooms or
early voting areas. Designation of poll watchers shall be
made by the chair of the county executive committee of
a political party, the chair of a political committee, or the
candidate requesting to have poll watchers.
(3) No candidate or sheriff, deputy sheriff, police
officer, or other law enforcement officer may be
designated as a poll watcher.
(4) All poll watchers shall be allowed to enter and
watch polls in all polling rooms and early voting areas
within the county in which they have been designated if
the number of poll watchers at any particular polling
place does not exceed the number provided in this
section.
(5) The supervisor of elections shall provide to each
designated poll watcher an identification badge which
identifies the poll watcher by name. Each poll watcher
must wear his or her identification badge while performing
his or her duties.