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Election Judges - Getting Started

Step 1 –  FILL OUT AN ELECTION WORKER APPLICATION

Applications are accepted year-round; however, the deadline to apply to work in a specific election is 21 business days prior to the election. Applications are accepted online, in our office during normal business hours, by mail, email (scanned) or fax.  Applications received after the deadline may be processed or held for the next election.

Step 2 – COMPLETE YOUR TRAINING

To be eligible to serve as an election worker, you must successfully complete all required training.  Precinct assignments are made on a first come, first serve basis – so it is important to complete training as soon as possible, if you want to work in your “home” or voting precinct.

Training is completed in two stages; an online reading and quiz (Stage One) and an in-person class with hands-on practice with the voting equipment (Stage Two).

Stage I – Online Election Worker Training Quiz

Once your application has been processed, your Recruiter will send you instructions and your login credentials to access the EJ Connection.  Log into the EJ Connection to read chapters one through four of the Election Worker Manual and to complete the quiz.  You will receive an email notice within 2-3 business days telling you if you passed the quiz.  If you passed, the email will include instructions to schedule your Stage II – Hands-On Training. If you did not pass, you will be asked to retake the quiz.

Stage II – Hands-On Training

Access the EJ Connection page with your login information to schedule your hands-on training.  Using the online feature, you can view all the available classes for the position you selected.  Select the desired location and class time from the calendar displayed. Next, confirm your selection and the specific training details will appear on the screen.  A confirmation of your scheduled training will be sent to the email address you provided to the Board of Elections.

If you are unable to schedule your hands-on training online, call 240-777-8533 for assistance.

Training Materials

Additional resources can be found on the EJ Connection page to assist you with preparing to serve.  After logging in you will find the Election Worker Manual, PowerPoint presentations, training videos and more on the dashboard under the heading “Resources”.  

Step 3 – ELECTION DAY ASSIGNMENTS

Election workers who complete all required training (Stage I & II) are eligible for a precinct assignment.  Precinct assignments are made on a first come, first serve basis – so it is important to complete training as soon as possible – if you want to work in your “home” or voting precinct. Only workers assigned by the Board of Elections are authorized in the precinct.

When the above criteria have been met, an email will be sent informing the worker that their assignment information is available online by logging into the EJ Connection.  Assignment details can be viewed for both Early Voting and Election Day.  Note that assignments are subject to change.  An email will be automatically sent whenever assignment information is changed.

Beginning three weeks prior to Election Day, Chief Judges will begin contacting the workers assigned to their precinct, to talk about specific assignments and to confirm the time for the pre-election meeting.  The standard pre-election meeting time is 6:30 pm at the assigned precinct. All election workers should report to their assigned precinct at 6:30 pm; unless notified otherwise by a Chief Judge or their recruiter.

Step 4 – ELECTION DAY ROSTERS (Chiefs Only)

Chiefs that have completed training and are assigned may view and print the Staffing List for their assigned precinct in the EJ Connection.   The Staffing List is available for Election Day only and chiefs can view the Staffing List for their assigned precinct only.

Precinct Staffing Lists are available for viewing three weeks prior to Election Day. If a change is made to the Staffing List, Chiefs will get an email notifying them of a change. They are expected to review the Staffing List periodically to remain informed of any changes.

Montgomery County Board of Elections · P.O. Box 4333 · Rockville, MD 20849-4333 · elections@montgomerycountymd.gov
PHONE 240-777-8500 · FAX (240) 777-8600 · Maryland Relay: 1-800-735-2258
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