A board of elections provides information for voters and candidates about voter registration, poll results, absentee voting and primary elections. The board preserves the democratic process by ensuring ballots are accurate, and all votes are tallied. The board also properly staffs precincts with well-trained volunteers and employees. Each board maintains an election calendar, so the general public knows about due dates for voter registrations and mail-in ballots for those serving in the military or working overseas. It also provides a calendar for those interested in running for office so that they know when to file for candidacy, what the requirements are, and whether petitions are required.
Boards are run either by city and county governments, or by state agencies. The board of elections trains people who run precinct elections. Some people serving on the board are elected officials who have limited terms, while others are hired employees. In many communities, the county clerk is involved with the board.
There are different types of boards of elections. Every state has its own general state board. There are also local boards at the county or municipal levels. While the jurisdiction of each board varies, the goal is to provide accurate, safe and fair elections. A board of elections is required to provide accurate voting systems.