(see section 101.131, Florida Statutes)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR POLL WATCHER DESIGNATIONS
- Each candidate/political party/political committee may have only one Poll Watcher per polling room or Early Voting area at any one time.
- A candidate whose name will appear on the ballot in a future election may not designate Poll Watchers for an election in which the candidate’s name is not on the ballot.
- “Designation of Poll Watchers,” Form DS-125, must be used to request designation of Poll Watchers. Separate forms must be submitted for designating Early Voting and Election Day Poll Watchers. Sufficient information concerning the desired Poll Watcher must be completed on the form so that the Supervisor of Elections can identify the person as a registered voter in the supervisor’s county.
- Form DS-DE 125 and any attachments to it may be provided to the Supervisor of Elections by personal delivery, mail, fax, or email.
- The deadlines to submit a request for Poll Watcher designation:
- For Early Voting (EV) -- No later than noon at least 14 days before EV begins.
- For Election Day -- No later than noon of the second Tuesday preceding the election.
- The Supervisor of Elections must approve or disapprove the designation of Poll Watchers for Early Voting no later than 7 days before the start of Early Voting, and the designations for Poll Watchers for polling rooms on Election Day on, or before, the Tuesday before the election.
POLL WATCHER RULES
A Poll Watcher:
- Must be a qualified and registered voter of the county in which they serve as Poll Watcher.
- Cannot be a candidate, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, policeman, or other law enforcement officer.
- Who is designated for a specific location is not precluded from going to another polling room/EV area if the number of Poll Watchers at anyparticular polling room/EV area does not exceed the allowable number for the applicable candidate/political party/political committee.
- Who is designated for “All locations/areas” (at-large) is not permitted to be present in a polling room/EV area at the same time as another Poll Watcher designated by the same candidate/political party/political committee.
- Must not wear any political advertisements or bring any candidate's information, or wear any clothing which would suggest any political preferences to the site.
- Must not take a radio or newspaper to the polling location. A candidate's advertisement could be seen or heard.
- Must not speak to any poll worker or any voter EXCEPT: When entering the polling site, you must give your name and show your letter of certification from the Supervisor of Elections to the Clerk. The Clerk is legally responsible and in charge of the election at that site.
- Will be provided a Poll Watcher Identification Badge by the Supervisor of Elections. The Poll Watcher must wear his or her Poll Watcher Identification Badge while in the polling room or EV area.
- Must bring his or her own materials and necessities.
- Is allowed within the polling room to observe the conduct of the election. He or she may not obstruct the orderly conduct of the election.
- May observe the voter check in-process. He or she may not come closer to the inspectors’ table or the voting booths than is reasonably necessary to perform the Poll Watcher’s functions.
- May not speak to or otherwise interact with voters nor provide assistance to a voter in anyway with the voting of his/her ballot, unless a Request for Assistance Form is completed at the voter’s request.
- May make and provide written voter challenges to the precinct clerk.
- Shall pose any questions regarding polling place procedures directly to the Precinct Clerk for resolution.
- No photography is permitted in the polling room.
- Poll Watchers may use "smart phones" or mobile electronic devices inside polling rooms or Early Voting sites in a non-disruptive manner. The devices must be set as to produce no noise or a low volume vibration.
- The devices may not be used to take photographs or to unlawfully record conversations.
- The Poll Watcher may not have an audible telephone conversation inside the polling room or Early Voting site.
(see section 101.131, Florida Statutes)