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Election Worker Position Descriptions

We offer a variety of positions and hours of service. Some positions require prior election worker experience and/or use of an automobile.  Workers bilingual in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French are needed to help voters requesting language assistance.

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 Day Positions

 *An automobile is required to perform the duties of this position

Early Voting Positions


Payment Information

To receive payment workers must provide their social security number prior to working the election.  Note that the stipend is considered income for tax purposes.

Workers earning less than $600 will not receive a W-2 at the end of the calendar year or have taxes withheld. Those earning $600 or more in the calendar year will be sent a W-2 form in January of the following year.

Workers who earn $1800 or more will receive a W-2 showing their payment as taxable income and Social Security and Medicare taxes will be withheld.

Chief Judge

Chief Judges (CHF) serve as the polling precinct supervisors. Each precinct is staffed with two Chief Judges of different party affiliations. Chief Judges are selected from our experienced workers and successful candidates should exhibit the following:  knowledge of the electoral process and procedures, patience and flexibility, strong communication and organizational skills, an attention to detail, sensitivity to the needs of voters and good people skills.

Responsibilities:

  •  In conjunction with a Co-Chief, supervise the operation of the precinct in accordance with Maryland laws
  • Ensure a calm, pleasant voting day experience for voters while making certain all procedures are followed and the integrity of the election is preserved
  • Coordinate and supervise pre-election and Election Day activities
  • Complete, review and certify all precinct reports and documentation
Requirements:
  •  Complete all required training
  • Available the weekend prior to the election to pick-up supplies and/or attend a pre-election briefing
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Conduct the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day with the Co-Chief
  • Automobile: each Chief Judge is required to drive a vehicle to the precinct on Election Day.  The vehicle must be able to transport two people, the election materials and the voting equipment (excluding the Scanning Unit).  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation to serve in this position
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day to communicate with the Board of Elections and while transporting the critical materials and election equipment to the Board of Elections, if necessary.  In the event of any unusual or unexpected circumstance, the Chief Judges must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately.  


Election Day Payment:          $200.00                      Training Payment:     $50.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – to Closing (approximately 11:00 pm)

Closing Judge

Arriving at 6:30 pm, Closing Judges ( CLS ) serve as an additional resource during evening voting hours by providing relief for VOP judges at check-in and the voting units.  When the precinct closes, Closing Judges assist the Chief Judges with closing down the voting equipment. Once the precinct is closed, two Closing Judges (of different party affiliations) ride together to deliver the critical materials to the Board of Elections.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform check-in and voting unit duties until polls close 
  • Assist in completing all tasks associated with closing the voting equipment
  • Safely and securely transport materials directly to the Board of Elections immediately after leaving the precinct

Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Automobile: each Closing Judge is required to drive a vehicle to the precinct on Election Day.  The vehicle must be able to transport two people, the election materials and the voting equipment (excluding the Scanning Unit).  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation to serve in this position.
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day to communicate with the Board of Elections while transporting the critical materials and election equipment to the Board of Elections.  In the event of any unusual or unplanned circumstance, the Closing Judges must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately. 


Election Day Payment:          $75.00                        Training Payment:     $30.00

Election Day Hours:              6:30 pm – until drop-off is completed (approximately 11:30 pm)

Voting Operations Judge

Voting Operations Judges (VOP) are trained to carry out the duties associated with each functional area in the polling precinct.  The number of VOPs assigned to each precinct varies based on anticipated turnout. One VOP bilingual in Spanish is required per precinct. Workers bilingual in other languages ( Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese) may also be assigned, based on the specific needs of the precinct.

Responsibilities:

  •  Work as a team to set up the polling precinct the evening prior to the election
  • Check in voters at the electronic pollbook
  • Issue ballots to voters
  • Escort voters to the voting area and, if asked, give instructions on the voting process
  • Process provisional voters
  • Work as a team to close the polling precinct and prepare the materials and documentation to be returned to the Board of Elections
  • Assist as directed by the Chief Judges

Requirements:
  •  Complete all required training
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Able to attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day


Election Day Payment:          $150.00                      Training Payment:     $30.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – to Closing (approximately 11:00 pm)

Voting Operations Judge – A or B

Voting Operations Judges – A or B (VOP-A/B) perform the same duties as other VOP judges during the day (see above). These positions are part time equivalents of the all-day position.

Election Day Payment:          $75.00 per shift          Training Payment:     $30.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – 3:00 pm OR 2:00 pm – Closing (approximately 11:00 pm)

Voting Operations Judge - Driver

Voting Operations Judge - Driver (VOP-D) performs the same duties as other VOP judges during the day. When the polls are officially closed, the VOP-D will at the direction of the Chief Judges transport critical materials to the Board of Elections. Each precinct is staffed with one VOP-D.

Responsibilities:

  • During the day - same as VOP
  • When polls close - transport critical materials to the Board of Elections office or a designated regional site locations

Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Able to attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day
  • Automobile: required for use on Election Day to safely and securely transport materials directly to designated BOE location immediately after leaving the precinct.  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.), motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation to serve in this position.
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day to communicate with the Board of Elections staff while transporting critical materials.  In the event of any unusual or unplanned circumstance, the VOP-D Judge must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately. 


Election Day Payment:          $150.00                      Training Payment:     $30.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – to approximately 9:30 pm

Voting Operations Judge – Provisional

Voting Operations Judge – Provisional (VOP-P) is primarily responsible for processing provisional voters. Located at or near the check-in station, the VOP-P may check in regular voters, when not busy, but does not rotate to work any other station. Bilingual capability in Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese helpful.

Responsibilities:

  • Work as a team to set up the polling precinct the evening prior to the election
  • Check-in regular and provisional voters at the electronic pollbook
  • Give clear and accurate instructions on the provisional voting process
  • Process provisional voters, including issuing provisional ballots
  • Safeguard voted and unvoted provisional ballots
  • Work as a team to close the polling precinct and prepare the materials and documentation to be returned to the Board of Elections
  • Assist as directed by the Chief Judges


Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Able to attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day



Election Day Payment:          $150.00                      Training Payment:     $30.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – to Closing (approximately 11:00 pm)

Runner

Election Day Runners (RNR) provide logistic support to polling precincts requesting supplies and equipment from the Board of Elections. Individuals selected for these positions will be dispatched by BOE personnel to one or more precincts throughout their shift.

Responsibilities:

  • In a safe and timely manner, deliver needed supplies and/or equipment to designated polling precincts
  • Complete and submit a log of Election Day deliveries

Requirements:
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Knowledge of major roadways throughout Montgomery County and the ability to navigate (using GPS or a map) to locate polling precincts
  • Automobile: required to travel to designated precincts and Board of Elections on Election Day.  The vehicle must be able to securely transport election materials and voting equipment (excluding the Scanning Unit).  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.), motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation to serve in this position.
  • Cell Phone: required for use to communicate with the Board of Elections while making deliveries.  In the event of any unusual or unplanned circumstance, must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately.


Election Day Payment:          $100.00 per shift                               Training Payment:     N/A    

Election Day Hours:              5:00 am – 12:00 pm    AND/OR       12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regional Site Technician (RST)

Regional Site Technicians (RST) work election night at one of several drop-off locations in the county to assist Board of Elections staff with the prompt and accurate receipt of precinct materials election night.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with preparation of assigned location for precinct deliveries
  • Receive and review chain of custody documents and certify the receipt of election materials from assigned precincts
  • Use a computer/tablet to document inventory and status of precinct deliveries
Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to accurately verify and document the receipt of equipment and materials
  • Good communication, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Cell Phone: required for use to communicate with the Board of Elections


Election Day Payment:          $40.00                                     Training Payment:     $10.00

Election Day Hours:              7:30 pm – until drop-offs completed (approximately 11:30 pm)

Greeter (GRT)

The Greeter’s (GRT) role is to direct voters to the correct polling precinct in the building.   Note: Only a limited number of Greeter positions are available per election; contact your recruiter for more information.

Responsibilities:

  • While stationed at the main entrance of the assigned precinct, direct voters to the correct polling room
  • Provide general information to voters on procedures, the voting process and anticipated wait times
  • Encourage voters to review their Sample Ballot in preparation for voting

Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Comfortable talking to people
  • Clear speech, strong interpersonal skills and excellent listening skills
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned polling place the evening prior to Election Day


Election Day Payment:          $50.00 per shift         Training Payment:                 $10.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – 3:00 pm    AND/OR         2:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Election Night Support (ENS)

Numerous Election Night Support (ENS) workers are needed election night to assist with the intake of election materials and voting equipment from the polling precincts. Workers are needed to perform a variety of tasks including; traffic control, unloading vehicles, receiving and sorting materials, inventory verification and reconciliation.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the receipt of voting materials and equipment from the polling precincts
  • Perform one or more tasks under the direction and supervision of BOE staff

Requirements:
  • Able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Able to follow and give verbal instructions
  • Able to work outdoors in possibly inclement weather conditions
  • Able to lift and carry items weighing 25 lbs.
  • Report to the BOE on Election Day and remain until released by the Election Director


Election Day Payment:          $75.00                        Training Payment:     N/A

Election Day Hours:              7:30 pm to 12:30 am 

Roamer

Roamers (RMR) are assigned to provide precinct support. These highly experienced individuals are responsible for resolving technical problems or procedural issues that may arise. Each Roamer supports four to six polling precincts on an assigned route. They must have a thorough working knowledge of election procedures to serve as a resource for Chief Judges and voters.

Responsibilities:

  •  Visit each polling precinct on their assigned route the evening before Election Day to meet the Chief Judges during the precinct setup and answer any questions
  • Make multiple visits to each polling precinct on their assigned route Election Day
  • Serve as a liaison and courier between the Board of Elections and assigned precincts
  • Resolve issues that may arise with the electronic pollbooks and the voting equipment
  • As necessary, mediate situations with electioneers, voters and election workers
  • Be available on assigned route until all precincts are closed and facilities secured
  • Complete and submit a detailed report of election related activities for each precinct on assigned route
Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Prior service as a Montgomery County Chief Election Judge or Trainer
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Able to speak clearly, listen well and to be friendly and welcoming
  • Able to drive, walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to follow procedures and written and verbal instructions
  • Attend a pre-election briefing at the Board of Elections and pick up election materials
  • Automobile: required to travel to designated precincts and Board of Elections on Election Day.  The vehicle must be able to securely transport election materials and voting equipment (excluding the Scanning Unit).  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.), motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation to serve in this position.
  • Cell Phone: required for use to communicate with the Board of Elections beginning the weekend prior to the election through Election Day.  In the event of any unusual or unplanned circumstance, must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately.


Election Day Payment:          $250.00                                  Training Payment:     $50.00

Election Day Hours:              5:00 am – until all assigned precincts are closed

Standby Judges

Election workers who complete training in the two weeks before the election may be selected to serve as Standby (STBY) or on-call workers.  A limited number of standby positions are required for an election.  Standby judges complete all required training and are initially assigned to one of several regional sites for Election Day.  Election morning, standby judges are dispatched from a regional site to a polling precinct as a replacement. In the days prior to the election, a standby judge may be reassigned to a specific polling precinct to fill a vacancy.

Note: This position cannot be requested. Assignments are made by recruiters on an as needed basis.    

Responsibilities:

  • Willingness and transportation to travel to any precinct within the County
  • Serve as a replacement for a judge who is no longer available

Requirements:
  • Complete all required training
  • Sign and return a Standby Judge Agreement for the election (required for payment)
  • Chief Judges and all Voting Operations Judges (includes VOP-D, VOP-P and SPN) are on standby from the day their signed Standby Agreement is received by their Recruiter until 2:00 pm on Election Day
  • Closing Judges are on standby from the day their signed Standby Agreement is received by their Recruiter until 8:30 pm on Election Day
  • If contacted for an assignment to a precinct two or more days before Election Day, please call and confirm with you Recruiter within 24 hours
  • If contacted for an assignment to a precinct the day before Election Day, please call and confirm with your Recruiter within 30 minutes
  • When dispatched on Election Day, arrive at the precinct within 45 minutes of being assigned


Please Note:  In the event we are unable to contact you to serve either prior to or on Election Day, the training and standby stipends will not be paid.  Failure to serve, when and where assigned, will result in forfeiture of all payments.

 

Election Day Payment:
Training Payment:
Election Day Hours:

Stipend for the position that they are filling
Standy Chief - $50.00, Standby VOP or CLS - $30.00                  
CHF/VOP – 6:00 am – to closing (approximately 11:00 pm)CLS – 6:30 pm – until drop-off completed (approximately 11:30 pm)

 

Early Voting (EV) Positions

Early voting is available for eight days, prior to Election Day, as a convenience to voters. Early voting centers are located throughout the county. Early voting workers are selected and assigned to serve based on their interest in serving and successful completion of training (Election Day training plus a separate EV training).  Standby EV Judges agree to be available to serve at any site.   

EV-Voting Operations Judge

Responsibilities:

  • See Election Day Position Description
Requirements:
  • Completed ED training for the current election
  • Completed EV training for their assigned position
  • Willing to serve where assigned regardless of the distance from home
  • If scheduled to work the first day of EV; attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned EV Site on the evening prior to the start of Early Voting

Election Voting Payment (per day):
Training Payment:
Election Voting Hours:

$150.00
Included in service payment              
Primary Election 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
General Election 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

 

EV Same Day Registration/Provisional judges (EVSDR) are responsible for registering and processing new voters and processing provisional voters. Located at or near the check-in station, the EVSDR may assist with checking in regular voters, but does not rotate to work any other station. (Note: Same day registration is only available during early voting).

Responsibilities:

  • Accurately process new registrants and provisional voters
  • Assist with checking in regular voters as directed by the Chief Judges (or Center Manager)

Requirements:
  • Prior election service as a Chief Election Judge
  • Completed ED training for the current election
  • Completed EV training for their assigned position
  • Be willing to serve where assigned regardless of the distance from home
  • If scheduled to work the first day of EV; attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned EV Site on the evening prior to the start of Early Voting

Election Voting Payment (per day):
Training Payment:
Election Voting Hours:

$175.00
Included in service payment              
Primary Election 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
General Election 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

 

Early Voting Line Manager

Early Voting voter turnout is typically much higher than the volume seen in a single voting precinct on Election Day. Thus, voters may have to wait in line to vote during peak periods. To expedite the process and to keep voters informed, Line Managers (EVLM) are assigned to monitor and manage the flow of voters in an EV Site. They serve as the front-line election officials and must set a positive tone for the voter’s experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Give directions to voters entering the facility and those waiting in line to vote.
  • Provide general information on procedures, the voting process and anticipated wait times
  • Encourage voters to review their Sample Ballot in preparation for voting
  • Guide voters through the voting room as necessary
  • Assist as directed by the Chief Judges

Requirements:
  • Completed ED training for the current election
  • Completed EV training for their assigned position
  • Be willing to serve where assigned regardless of the distance from home
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Clear speech, strong interpersonal skills and excellent listening skills
  • A sensitivity to the needs of all voters especially seniors and those with disabilities
  • If scheduled to work the first day of EV; attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned EV Site on the evening prior to the start of Early Voting

Election Voting Payment (per day):
Training Payment:
Election Voting Shift Hours:

$75.00 per shift
Included in service payment              
7:00 am - 3:00 pm AND/OR 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

EV-Chief Judges

   Two EV Chief Judges (EVCHF) are assigned per day to each EV site. Working under the direction and supervision of the Center Manager (BOE staff) they are responsible for managing the other judges, assisting voters and completing the forms and documents.

Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with a co-Chief, oversee the operation of the EV site including daily opening and closing activities
  • Ensure a calm, pleasant voting experience for voters while making certain all procedures are followed and the integrity of the election is preserved
  • Complete, review and certify daily reports and documentation

Requirements:
  • Prior service as a Chief Election Judge
  • Completed ED training for the current election
  • Completed EV training for their assigned position
  • Willing to serve where assigned regardless of the distance from home
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at assigned Day 1 EV Site on the evening prior to the start of EV

Election Voting Payment (per day):
Training Payment:
Election Voting Hours:

$200.00
Included in service payment              
Primary Election 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
General Election 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

 

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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