A poll watcher is a person appointed to observe the conduct of an election on behalf of a candidate, a political party or the proponents or opponents of a measure (specific-purpose political action committees).
A poll watcher’s role in an election is established by Chapter 33 of the Texas Election Code. The Texas Secretary of State office provides a Poll Watcher's Guide for Elections. A poll watcher must show up with a certificate of appointment in order to server. The following are the types of appointment certificates: