I follow a tax strategy discussion board on The Motley Fool and one question asked was whether the stipends a county pays its election monitors is whether the stipend is taxable income (whether or not a 1099 is issued. Answer: Yes.) This comment in the thread jumped out at me.
We both [husband and wife] got a stipend for the working at the polls [election monitor] this year…$150 each. The county did not ask for our SSN’s, nor a W-9.
There is no reason to believe this commenter is dishonest, but this lack of checking is election fraud waiting to happen.