Classification & statuteAppointmentTrainingBadgeLocations
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-408
Letters of appointment are required from candidate,
political party or political body. BORE must be notified at least 3 days before
Appointing candidate, party or body must certify by oath that training is providedBORE must provide a badge that identifies the poll watcher by name, election and the precinct or
tabulation center to which they are assigned
AIP, Precincts on Election Day, and different locations within the tabulation
center as designated by the BORE which must at a
minimum include the check-in area, the
computer room, and the duplication area
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386
Appointed by candidate, political party or political body but there is no time frame by which notice must be provided to BORENo training requiredNo badge requiredAppears limited to
locations in which opening
of envelopes and scanning is occurring and is not as wide ranging as poll watchers
General Public O.C.G.A. § 21-2-406 O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386 (2)(B)No appointmentNo certification of
No badge requiredNot entitled to the same
access as poll watchers, including access to the enclosed space.

Relevant code sections & Georgia Rules and Regs.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-110: defines a political party or political body.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386: provides that processing and scanning of absentee ballots shall be open to the view of the public. Monitors cannot interfere with the processing and scanning of ballots and they cannot use or bring into the room any photographic or other electronic monitoring or recording devices, cell phones or computers. See full list of prohibited conduct for monitors watching ballot processing and scanning in O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386 (2)(B).

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-406: provides that superintendents, poll officers, and other officials engaged in the conducting of primaries and elections shall perform their duties in public.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-408: Poll watchers and observers are one and the same. Per the statute, “candidates can submit the name of one poll watcher for each precinct in which he or she wishes to have an observer to the chairperson or secretary of the appropriate party executive.” Party executive committees can designate two poll watchers for each precinct.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-483: All proceedings at the tabulating center and precincts shall be open to view of the public.

Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 183-1-13-.03: At least three days prior to the primary or election, a copy of the designating letter issued by the political party, political body, or independent or nonpartisan candidate as specified in O.C.G.A. Section 21-2-408 shall be sent by the appropriate authority to the election superintendent of the county or municipality in which the poll watcher is to serve.

Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 183-1-13-.04: Requires election superintendent to issue badge to the poll watcher and requires poll watcher to wear a badge while he or she is serving as a poll watcher.

Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 183-1-13-.05: Restates provision for appointment of poll watchers appointed specifically to serve in each location within the tabulation center.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 183-1-13-.06: provides that for the purposes of applying O.C.G.A. § 21-2-408(a)(2) and (b)(3)(A), a political party, a political body, or independent or non-partisan candidate may designate, or a candidate may submit to a political party, a different poll observer or set of poll observers for each day of advance voting.