Election Observer / Poll Watcher

What is the process?

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 during regular business hours except during County-observed holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

1055 Monterey Street Suite D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5080

Fax: (805) 781-1111


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.