Election Observer / Poll Watcher
What is this service?
This service provides information about poll watcher rules when observing procedures at polling places or the central counting location. See the Poll Watcher Guide for details.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
What is the process?
Step 1: Be a Poll Watcher
Anyone interested in the election process may observe election operations at polling places on Election Day, but must adhere to the guidelines in this Poll Watcher Guide.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available anytime throughout the year at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero during regular business hours except during County-observed holidays.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Clerk-Recorder San Luis Obispo Office
1055 Monterey Street Suite D120 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Tel: (805) 781-5080
Fax: (805) 781-1111
Clerk-Recorder North County Office
6565 Capistrano Avenue 2nd Floor Atascadero Library Atascadero, CA 93422
Tel: (805) 461-6041
Fax: (805) 461-6044
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Poll Watcher?
Poll Watchers are persons interested in election proceedings who are entitled to observe polling place operations during voting hours. However, poll watchers may not disrupt the election process or interfere with a voter’s right to cast a secret ballot. Poll Watchers often represent candidates, political campaigns and/or organizations.