A poll watcher is someone who is appointed by a candidate or a political
party to observe the election day procedures in a precinct in South
Carolina. The poll managers of the polling place will designate a place
where watchers can remain throughout election day. Conversations between
watchers and voters are not permitted within the polling place.
Watchers will not be permitted to interfere with the
orderly conduct of the election or influence any voter in the casting
- Must be a qualified voter in the county.
- Present the poll manager with a letter signed by the
candidate or by an appropriate party official stating that he/she is
certified to act as a watcher in that precinct.
- Wear a badge not to exceed 4 ¼" x 4 ¼", specifying the
name of the candidate or party he/she represents.
- In a primary election each candidate may appoint one
watcher for any polling place where his/her name is on the ballot.
- In a general election each non-partisan, petition or
announced write-in candidate may appoint one watcher for any polling
place where his/her name is on the ballot.
- All candidates of the same political party are jointly
represented at any one voting place by no more than two watchers for each
1000 registered voters at the polling place.