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Protect the Vote in 2022

Vote Protectors have a BIG impact. During the 2020 Elections, Vote Protectors sounded the alarm when precincts ran out of paper ballots, when voters were denied provisional ballots, and much more. Their work allowed us to fight for and win on-the-spot fixes so fewer voters were turned away. Vote Protectors helped hundreds of voters by answering questions and resolving issues at the polls.

Be a Vote Protector

Constant changes to election law, the continuing pandemic, and poll worker shortages pose unique challenges to voters. Democracy North Carolina’s nonpartisan Voter Protection program works to ensure that every eligible voter in our state can register to vote and successfully cast their ballot. 

Vote Protectors (previously known as poll monitors) serve as our “eyes and ears on the ground” at voting sites across North Carolina. They help voters who encounter problems at the polls and ensure that every polling place is running as it should — and sounding the alarm when something isn’t right. 

Vote Protectors will monitor polling places in their communities on April 28, May 14, and/or May 17, flagging: 

  • Long lines
  • Problems with curbside voting or accessibility 
  • Voter confusion
  • Misinformation or voter suppression

As a vote protector, you will:

  • Attend an online training
  • Receive a vote protector t-shirt, sign, and other materials
  • Monitor voting sites during Early Voting and Election Day
  • Report problems to the 888-OUR-VOTE hotline

In 2022, protecting the right to vote in North Carolina has never been more important. And we need your help.
Vote Protector, Juan, is ready to get to work.

Sign Up Form

Click here to sign up to be a Vote Protector for the 2022 Primary Election and we'll send you details!

If you have a disability or health risks that prevent you from leaving your car, please email us and we will work with you so that you can still participate in this program. Another alternative would be to join our Sign Distribution Squad.

When did you last ask yourself: what am I doing for my democracy?

Additional questions? Please contact voteprotector@democracync.org.

Election Protection Hotline

888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683)

Democracy North Carolina also staffs a voter assistance Election Protection Hotline to provide real-time voter information and field voting problems.

We are recruiting volunteers to answer the hotline during the 2022 Primary.  Volunteers will answer calls from voters across the state, documenting problems and working to remove barriers to voting. All volunteers will receive a brief training on NC election law before their first shift.  To serve as a hotline volunteer, you should hold a JD, or be currently enrolled in law school, or have prior experience answering a nonpartisan voter hotline. 

To receive more information, head to our Hotline page here, or reach out to Jennifer Osborne at jenniferosborne@democracync.org.


For questions regarding your individual voter registration or for more information, you can visit ncvoter.org, the NC State Board of Elections website, or contact the Election Protection Hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683). 

Vote Protector FAQs

Have questions about what it's like to be a Vote Protector? Check out these FAQs.