Election Officials

The New Hanover County Board of Elections relies on civic-minded members of the community to help administer voting during an election. If you are interested in working as an Election Official in any of the below capacities please apply by using our electronic application or contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections for more details. Chief Judges and Judges are appointed in the August of odd-numbered years for two year terms. Appointees for the newest term, 2023 - 2025 will be added to this page upon appointment by our Board, as prescribed by law. 

Election Day Workers staff each of the polling places in New Hanover County on Election Day. There are multiple statutory and administrative positions that an election official may be assigned. Below is an explanation of the positions, qualifications and compensation details.

Statutory Positions

Chief Judge

Each precinct is headed by an appointed Chief Judge. They are responsible for managing all Election Day activities within their precinct, picking up and returning Election Day supplies, setting up and breaking down the polling place and resolving any issues that may arise during Election Day.


Two Judges are appointed to each precinct and work closely with the Chief Judge to manage the polling place. They sign off on all official documents, aid the Chief Judge in resolving challenges and assist with polling place set up and break down.


Assists the Chief Judge and Judges on Election Day. Assistants are assigned by the Board of Elections to work numerous administrative positions in the polling place including laptop operator, curbside coordinator, ballot distributor - among others.

Administrative Positions

Laptop Operator

Maintains the check-in station that a voter gets to upon entering the polling place. Laptop operators are specially trained in checking voters in and updating voter profiles.

Help Desk Operator

Ensures that all voters who need to vote a provisional ballot or who need some type of update to their information are processed quickly and efficiently.

Ballot Distributor

Matches voters with the correct ballot style to ensure that each voter is receiving the candidates and issues they are legally allowed to vote. The ballot station is the point in the precinct where voters receive their paper ballot.

Curbside Coordinator

Responsible for assisting voters who are unable to enter the voting enclosure due to age, physical disability or physical barriers. The curbside coordinator assists the voter to ensure the voting process is accomplished just as if they had voted inside the voting enclosure.

Line Coordinator

Assists voters as they enter, navigate, and exit the voting enclosure to ensure their voting process is as efficient and smooth as possible. 

Elections Greeter

Ensures that voters have their questions answered while they wait in the main check-in line. The elections greeter maintains proper flow of the entrance and exit lines at the polling place and hand out the "I Voted" stickers.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be a registered voter of New Hanover County
  • Must be of good repute and able to read and write
  • May not hold elective office under the government of the United States, North Carolina, or any other political subdivision
  • May not be a candidate for nomination or election
  • May not hold office in any state, congressional district, county, or precinct political party or political organization
  • May not hold office as a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party
  • All Election Day Workers must attend at least one mandatory training session before working on Election Day
  • All Election Day Workers are required to work from 5:30 am until after the polls close and all necessary procedures have been performed (Closing tasks are usually complete by 8 to 8:30 pm)


  • Chief Judges - $300
  • Judges - $255
  • Assistants - $225
  • Training (All Officials) - $25 Per Class

Additional compensation details are not listed above and will be discussed upon assignment to an election.

Chief Judge: Sonia Jordan- Nobles

Judge (D): Lisa Bohbrink

Judge (R): Ronald Dick