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Election Judge Program Overview 

 

 

The Election Judge Progam was highlighted on Montgomery County's "Make a Difference."  To view the interview click here:   "What it takes to be an Election Judge"


WHAT IS AN ELECTION WORKER?

An election worker (or election judge) is a registered Maryland voter who volunteers to assist voters on Election Day.  The role of an election worker is to ensure fair and accessible elections for all voters and to protect the integrity of the election process.  In accordance with Federal and State law, they must perform all of the duties assigned by the local Board of Elections and perform their duties faithfully, diligently, and without partiality or prejudice. 

An election worker who serves in the polling place is a very important part of the electoral process.  This individual is the point of contact between the Board of Elections and the general public during voting hours.  He/She is responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each voting location and making sure that the voters have a positive voting experience.  Without these individuals, it would be impossible to conduct successful elections.  

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be a registered voter in Maryland
  • Clearly and fluently speak, read and legibly write the English language
  • Under Maryland law, an election worker may not hold or be a candidate for any elective public or political party office or any office created under the Constitution or Laws of the State and may not serve as a campaign manager for a candidate or as the treasurer for a campaign finance entity.
  • Be able to work the hours required for the position selected
  • Lift approximately 25 pounds with assistance
  • Successfully complete Stage One (online) and Stage Two (hands-on) training
  • Work courteously and patiently with the public and coworkers
  • Attend a mandatory meeting on the Monday evening prior to each election at the assigned polling location

 ADA STATEMENT

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly who wish to serve as election workers and participate in the election process.  Upon request reasonable accommodation will be made by the Board of Elections to facilitate opportunities for training and service.

All election workers in the service of the Board of Elections must be sensitive to the needs of voters with disabilities and the elderly.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to assist these voters so as to enable them to vote.

BILINGUAL ELECTION WORKERS AND THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

On August 11, 2001 the US Department of Justice informed the Montgomery County Board of Elections of its legal obligation to implement Section 203 of the 1975 Voters Rights Act, which requires that all materials related to voting and Election Day activities be prepared in both English and Spanish to allow citizens to effectively participate in the political process.  Determinations are based on data from the most recent Census, and the determinations are made by the Director of the Census.

Voters with Spanish speaking fluency are especially needed because the county places election workers who are fluent in Spanish at every polling place in accordance with the requirements of Section 203 of the 1975 Voting Rights Act.  Bilingual workers are needed for Early Voting and Election Day.

The Election Law of Maryland requires that election workers must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland, 17 years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen. Bilingual workers must also be able to fluently speak, read, and write the English language.

On July 27, 2006, President George W. Bush signed legislation which extended the Voting Rights Act to 2031, reaffirming Congress’ belief that all men/women are created equal by outlawing racist voting practices and beliefs. Concerns with this legislation should be addressed to your federal representative. A synopsis of Section 203 as developed by the U.S. Department of Justice can be reviewed at the following link (here).

ELECTION WORKER CODE OF CONDUCT

To ensure that Montgomery County citizens are provided with the best election experience, we ask that everyone adhere to the Election Worker Code of Conduct (COC) which governs individual responsibilities and polling place behavior.  Violation of one or more of the codes of conduct may result in removal from the Montgomery County Election Worker program. The Code of Conduct is available online and will be reviewed and signed in training.

TRAINING

Maryland law requires all registered voters who desire to become an election worker to complete training as a condition of appointment. The General Assembly of Maryland reviews the laws and procedures that govern elections each year and may pass legislation that changes the way elections are conducted. An accurately informed and properly trained election worker decreases the possibility of errors in the operation of a precinct on Election Day.

Election worker training is conducted in two parts; online and in-person for those serving on Election Day. An additional and separate in-person training is held for workers selected to work early voting. Applicants are required to pass BOTH the online and hands-on training to serve. In person, hands-on training sessions are held primarily at the Board’s offices but may be offered at other locations in the county. 

Election Workers receive a set payment, based on their assigned position, for successfully completing all required training and working on Election Day. Workers who complete training but do not serve will not be paid. 

ELECTION WORKER POSITIONS

There are several different Election Worker positions; some will require previous election experience.

Election Day Positions

  • Chief Judge*
  • Closing Judge (part time evening) *
  • Voter Operations Judge (includes bilingual)
  • Voter Operations Judge - A/B (part time shifts)
  • Voter Operations Judge – Driver *
  • Voter Operations Judge - Provisional
  • Runner * (part time shifts)
  • Regional Site Technician (part time evening)
  • Greeter (limited positions, part time shifts)
  • Election Night Support (part time evening)
  • Roamer *
  • Standby Judge

Early Voting Positions
  • EV Chief Judge
  • EV Voting Operations Judge (includes bilingual)
  • EV Same Day Registration/Provisional Judge
  • EV Line Management Judge

*An automobile is required to perform the duties of this position
More information regarding  Election Judge Position Descriptions  click here.

ELECTION WORKER CONTACT INFORMATION

General Information: 240-777-8533  election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov

RECRUITERS (Subject to Change)

Deborah Hamer – 240-777-8571
Deborah.Hamer@montgomerycountymd.gov

Jessica Jones – 240-777-8577
Jessica.Jones@montgomerycountymd.gov

ELECTION JUDGE PROGRAM FAX – 240-777-8578

MAILING ADDRESS
PO Box 4710
Rockville, MD 20849-4710

LOCATION ADDRESS
Montgomery County Board of Elections
18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

 

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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