Become a Democracy Hero

Not all heroes wear capes.

By becoming an election official, you can be a hero for democracy. If you're interested in becoming an election worker for 2020, let the State Board of Elections know by completing this election worker interest survey. We will forward the information you provide to your county board of elections. You may also contact your county board of elections directly to apply.

North Carolina election officials are searching for democracy heroes to work at polling places and voting sites for the November 2020 general election. These local heroes will protect democracy, learn about the elections process, serve their communities and receive payment for their dedication to elections.

Election officials operate the polls during early voting and on Election Day by providing services such as setting up the voting equipment, checking in voters, processing ballots, assisting voters with special needs, and closing down/securing the voting site at the end of the day. To qualify to work as an election official, the applicant must be a registered voter who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. In 2020 only, due to the need to attract more election workers, some workers may work out of their home precinct.

Please check your voter registration status here.

The State Board encourages voters of all ages to lend a hand to the democratic process in this important presidential election year. Election workers often consist of retirees and older members of a community – groups at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Board is committed to protecting election workers' health and safety. Appropriate protective equipment will be provided, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced at polling places this year.


Become a Student Election Assistant

In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law allowing high school students to work in the polls on election day. Student Election Assistants carry some of the same responsibilities as election officials, and are compensated in the same way.

To qualify, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 17 years old by election day and who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the school where they are enrolled (including public, private and home schools). They must also have permission from a parent (or guardian/legal custodian) and from their school principal/director.

Contact your local County Board of Elections office for more information.

To apply, download the application here and mail it to your County Board of Elections office.


Help Voters in Residential Facilities

A Multipartisan Assistance Team, or “MAT,” is a group appointed by a County Board of Elections office to provide assistance with mail-in absentee voting to voters living at facilities such as nursing homes, group homes and hospitals. For the November 2020 election, a MAT team may assist any voter who requests assistance. 

To inquire about joining a MAT team or scheduling a MAT visit, contact your County Board of Elections office

For more information, see the section on MAT teams on the Voting Accessibility page