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Poll Watchers

Each candidate and each political party may have one person at each polling place or early voting site on election day to observe the issuing of ballots to voters and other administrative matters. (They are not allowed, of course, to watch people mark their ballots.) The poll watcher may be any registered voter in the county, except that candidates themselves may not be poll watchers at any precinct in which they appear on the ballot, and no law enforcement officer may be a poll watcher.

Early Voting poll watchers must be designated in writing, on the form prescribed by the Floirda Division of Elections, to the Supervisor of Elections before noon at least 14 days before early voting begins.

Election day poll watchers must be designated in writing, on the form prescribed by the Floirda Division of Elections, to the Supervisor of Elections by noon of the second Tuesday preceding an election.

A written list of all approved poll watchers will be provided to each early voting and precinct clerk prior to the election. Poll watchers are not allowed to interfere with the orderly conduct of an election.

The prescribed form, DS-DE125, can be accessed, completed, and printed from the Florida Division of Elections' website.

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Kim A. Barton
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections

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History.—s. 1, ch. 2006-232.