A poll watcher is someone who is appointed by a candidate or a political party to observe the election day procedures in a precinct. 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 this ballot.
- 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 specifying the name of the candidate or party he/she represents.
- The size of the badge must not to exceed 4 ¼" x 4 ¼".
- The size of individual letters on the badge must not exceed ¼" x ¼".
- The badge may not be a color that has a fluorescent quality.
- In a primary, each candidate may appoint one watcher for any polling place where his/her name is on the ballot.
- In a general or special election, all candidates of the same party are jointly represented at any one voting place by no more than two watchers for each 1000 registered voters at the polling place. 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.
See S.C. Code of Laws 7-13-860 for more information.