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BOE Monitor Training (2020)

Learn important tips to monitor your county board of elections so that voters have better access to the polls.

Support Strong Elections in Your County

Monitoring Elections-related County Meetings 

Join us as a Democracy North Carolina BOE Monitor and closely follow this year’s elections at the local level.

Here’s what we know: COVID-19 has upended the way we usually¬†vote in North Carolina. We also know that we need¬†more oversight of local county boards as they work hard to administer elections amid last-minute rule changes, poll worker shortfalls, record absentee requests, and the need for unprecedented safety precautions.¬†In 2020, that oversight meant attending BOE meetings and/or calling elections staff through Election Day, quickly developing relationships with the BOE staff and members, and raising our voices at crucial times.¬†

For the 2020 General Election, Democracy North Carolina monitored the majority of North Carolina’s counties, including key counties like Anson, Camden, Catawba, Cherokee, Franklin, Gates, Hertford, Lenoir, Johnston, Pamlico, Pitt, Union, Vance, and Wilson counties.

We provide everything you need to prepare you to be a BOE Monitor, including:

From there, we can work directly with you to ensure North Carolinians have access to safe in-person voting, a smooth vote-by-mail experience, and eliminate any barriers to voting.

NOTE: All BOE monitoring of meetings now occurs virtually due to COVID-19 precautions. No monitors are expected to attend in-person meetings or events. 

Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

The way voting laws are applied in North Carolina is often decided at the local level. We need to understand how the election system operates locally to make sure it works fairly. To be most effective, that means:

  • monitoring the actions of your county board of elections and county commission,
  • attending monthly board of elections and commission meetings,
  • developing relationships with county board of elections members and commissioners, and
  • raising our voices in support of good election budgets and voting options at crucial times.

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Better Early Voting

Given the importance¬† of 2020 decision-making on your county’s Early Voting plans, it was vital to have Early Voting advocates like you advocating for better Early Voting this year ‚ÄĒ and it worked! For the 2020 General Election, all 100 counties will have more sites and weekend options to allow for more safety and physical distancing when voters need it most.

During the current 17-day one-stop period, counties are required to offer Early Voting on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and  between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the final Saturday prior to Election Day.

Ways You Can Help Fight for Early Voting in Future Elections:

#1 РWatch our Early Voting Advocacy Training, full of expert guidance on how to help you win good Early Voting plans.

#2 РPrint our Early Voting Advocacy Packet, full of resources to learn the best ways to influence the hours and locations your county offers voters during Early Voting and a paper report form for documenting what happens.

# 3 – Review prior county Early Voting plans and use it as a guide to prep & advocate for similar (or better) plans.

Quickly share out information about Early Voting discussions and planning from your County Board of Elections meeting with our EV Advocacy Report Form.  Questions? For more information about how to advocate for better Early Voting Plans, please contact or call 888-OUR-VOTE.



"NC: Winning Better Early Voting Plans in 2020"

Help build people power to win robust Early Voting sites, days and hours in North Carolina's 2020 General Election using this 60-minute webinar.