Texas Counties Deliver

This “Poll Watcher’s Guide” has been designed to familiarize poll watchers with their basic rights and responsibilities. The integrity of elections is a concern of all citizens, and although poll watchers may represent particular candidates, political parties, or specific-purpose political action committees, their main interest is in the conduct of a fair and honest election.


A poll watcher’s role in an election is established by Chapter 33 of the Texas Election Code and is defined as follows:

Poll Watchera person appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of:

·         a candidate,

·         a political party, or

·         the proponents or opponents of a measure (specific-purpose political action committees).