Want to be a Precinct Official?

Add your name to the list of people to work election day.  The Carteret County Board of Elections always needs capable precinct election officials. These are the people who ask voters for their name and address, operate the election voting machines and help voters to cast their vote.

Each voting location is staffed with a chief judge, two party judges and a number of assistants.  The chief judge is of the same political party as the governor whenever possible.  There is one judge and an equal number of assistants from each political party.  All judges are responsible for conducting the election.

If you are still interested, please fill out the application form by clicking HERE! Please return the by email, mail, or in person to the Carteret County Board of Elections office. If you have additional questions, please contact the Board of Elections office at (252) 728-8460 or boemail@carteretcountync.gov.

Please mail all forms to the Carteret County Board of Elections Office at 1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 200, Beaufort, NC 28516 or email at boemail@carteretcountync.gov



  • Must be a registered voter in Carteret County
  • Must not be an elected government official or a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • Must not be a candidate in the election, or a close relative to a running candidate



Precinct officials can be recommended by the political parties and are appointed by the county board of elections for a two year term beginning in August of odd numbered years.  



The CHIEF JUDGE is the head official and is in charge of election day activities, as well as picking up and returning election day supplies.

The JUDGES work closely with the Chief Judge and are responsible for conducting the election in the Chief Judge’s absence.  They must sign all official documents and serve on a panel to resolve any challenges.

The ASSISTANTS serve when needed and at the discretion and direction of the Chief Judge.



All officials are required to attend training sessions conducted by the County Board of Elections prior to each major election.


Precinct officials are compensated for their time spent in training, setting up the day prior to Election Day, and Election Day. Time can also be volunteered.

Chief Judge                   $12.00 per hour
Judge                             $11.50 per hour

Assistant                       $11.00 per hour




  • Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers for optimum comfort to account for varying temperatures
  • Leave your campaign buttons and political jewelry at home, we are non-partisan representatives
  • Discussion of politics is not permitted while working at the polls
  • Arrange for enough food and drinks for the entire day, leaving the polling site on Election Day is prohibited