Watcher Certificates

For additional questions, please contact Elections and Voter Registration at (570) 517-3165.
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  • How late can a watcher remain inside a polling place?
    • The watcher can remain inside until the counting of votes is completed and the district register and voting checklist have been locked and sealed.
  • How many watchers can be appointed per candidate?
    • Each candidate at a primary or election may appoint two (2) watchers for each election district where that candidate is on the ballot.
  • How many watchers can be assigned to a political party?
    • Each political party and political body which has a nominated candidate may appoint three (3) watchers at any general, municipal or special election for each election district where a candidate of such party or body is on the ballot.
  • If the watcher is assigned to a polling place and request to watch at a different polling place, does the watcher certificate cover more than one polling place?
    •  Yes, the watcher certificate contains this statement;

      IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PRECINCT ELECTION OFFICERS
      RECENT CHANGES IN THE LAW PERMIT THE PERSON NAMED ON THIS CERTIFICATE TO BE PRESENT AS A WATCHER IN VOTING PRECINCTS OTHER THEN THE ONE DESIGNATED ON THIS DOCUMENT
  • Is a watcher allowed in the polling place during voting hours?
    • Yes, ONE WATCHER for each candidate at primaries, or for each party or political body at general, municipal or special elections, shall be present in the polling place at any one time.
       
  • Is a watcher allowed to look at the numbered list of voters or the district register?
    • Yes, the Judge of Elections shall permit watchers, upon request, to view the voting check list, and the two numbered list of voters as long as there are no voters present in the polling place.
  • Is the watcher allowed to watch more than one polling place?
    • Yes, the watcher is allowed to move from one polling place to another.
  • Is the watcher required to be a registered elector?
    • Yes, the watcher must be qualified in the County in which they are authorized to act.
  • What information is required for requesting watcher certificates?
    • Candidate or Committee watcher is watching for
      Watcher’s name and address
      Watcher’s date of birth
      Election district watcher is assigned to watch
  • What is the earliest time a watcher can enter the polling place?
    • The watcher is allowed in the polling place from the time that the election officers meet before the opening of the polls.
  • What is the role of a watcher?
    • The role of a watcher is to watch the integrity of the election.
  • When are all watchers allowed within the polling place?
    • All watchers are allowed within the polling place outside the enclosed space while the ballots are being counted or voting machines canvassed.
  • When request for watchers are submitted, do I need the date of birth?
    • Yes, the date of birth is the key to distinguish the correct elector if there is more than one elector with that name.
  • Where do I send the request for watchers?
    • Please fax request to (570)517-3856 or drop the list off at Monroe County Voter Registration, One Quaker Plaza Room 105, Stroudsburg Pa 18360
Complete the Watcher Request Form and drop off at Monroe County Voter Registration, One Quaker Plaza, Room 105, Stroudsburg PA 18360, or fax to (570) 517-3856.