Election Judge - Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Election Judge?
An Election Judge is a registered Maryland voter who volunteers to assist voters on Election Day. For a more detailed description please see Overview.
What are the minimum requirements to be an Election Judge?
The hours vary by position and responsibility. On Election Day, Chief Judges, Voting Operation Judges, Technicians, Opening Judges and Greeters report to their assigned voting precincts at 6:00 am and Closing Judges report at 6:30 pm. Though all precincts close at 8:00 pm, by law, any voters in line at 8:00 pm must be allowed to vote; so the team of judges will be dismissed by the Chief Judges once all closing duties and documentation have been completed.
All Election Judges are required to complete two stages of training; Stage One (online) and Stage Two (hands-on). The hands-on training classes vary in length of time by position. Most classes are completed in less than a day.
Yes, for attending training and Election Day service. See Election Judge Position Descriptions for more information.
A new application is required for each election cycle (approximately every two years). Individuals, who submitted an application and/or served in 2012, will remain in our database and will be contacted for the next election in 2014. If you have a question regarding your application status please contact the recruitment and training office.