Every citizen has the opportunity to participate in the elections process by voting. For those who want to participate further, there are several volunteer opportunites available. These include serving as an election official during the voting period, or volunteering as a member of a Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT).
Election officials operate the polls during early voting and on election day by providing services such as setting up the voting equipment, checking in voters, processing ballots, assisting voters with special needs, and closing down/securing the voting site at the end of the day. To qualify to work as an election official, the applicant must be a registered voter who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. To apply to work as an official, or to recieve more information, contact your local County Board of Elections office.
Student Election Assistants
In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law allowing high school students to work in the polls on election day. Student Election Assistants carry some of the same responsibilities as election officials, and are compensated in the same way.
To qualify, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 17 years old by election day and who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the school where they are enrolled (including public, private and home schools). They must also have permission from a parent (or guardian/legal custodian) and from their school principal/director.
Contact your local County Board of Elections office for more information.
To apply, download the application here and mail it to your County Board of Elections office.
Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT)
Some voters require assistance when voting their mail-in absentee ballot because they are unable to either find witnesses, vote their ballot, or mail in their ballot under their own power. The first preference, according to the law, is for the voter to receive assistance from a near relative or guardian. But some voters, such as those who live in facilities (such as a nursing home), may not have a near relative or guardian available to provide that assistance. Employees of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rest homes are prohibited by law from providing assistance with absentee voting. Such voters may face challenges in casting a mail-in absentee ballot.
But here’s the good news: In every county, an impartial team called a “Multipartisan Assistance Team” (MAT) is available to visit facilities in order to provide assistance with mail-in absentee voting. The MAT is comprised of, at minimum, two voters who are affiliated with different political parties (or of persons unanimously appointed by the bipartisan County Board of Elections).
More information about the MAT program can be found on the Multipartisan Assistance Team page. To be considered as a Team Member for a MAT, please contact your local County Board of Elections office.