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Online Election Judge Application

Purpose

We appreciate your interest in becoming an Election Judge. The Election Judge who operates the polling place is a very important part of the electoral process. This person is the only contact the Election Office has with the general public during voting hours and is responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct. Election Judges have many responsibilities and perform various tasks on Election Day that are delegated by the Chief Judges. Without these individuals, it would be impossible to conduct an election. 

*High School and College students make excellent Election Judges! Maryland Law permits 16-year-olds to serve as Election Judges. They must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the election board, that they meet all other qualifications for registration.

 

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • The ideal election judge will be able to endure long hours on Election Day (about 14 hours) and will deal courteously and patiently with the public and coworkers.
  • All judges must make sure that qualified voters who are properly registered are able to cast their vote in a trouble-free environment.
  • The Election Judge represents the entire electoral process and may be the only person a voter has contact with when exercising his or her voting rights. Therefore, the Election Judge must be reliable, courteous, and able to follow procedures exactly.
  • Election Judges must possess good judgment.

 

Qualifications

Any person who holds a position as Election Judge must be: 

  • 16 years old or older
  • Registered voter in the State of Maryland
  • Able to speak, read, and write English
  • Physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day
  • Willing to work outside your home precinct
  • Able to sit and/or stand for an extended period
  • Able to lift a minimum of 35 pounds
  • Able to attend MANDATORY training sessions.

 

Compensation

For Early Voting Service:  Judges will earn a minimum of $150 for each Early Voting Day. Provisional and Same Day Registration (SDR) Judges will earn $175 and Chief Judges earn $200 for each day of Early Voting plus $25 for the mandatory two hour training class.

For Election Day Service:  Election Judges will earn a minimum of $200. Provisional and SDR Judges will earn $225 and Chief Judges will earn $300, plus $40 for the mandatory three hour training class. 

Judges shall receive their payment by mail approximately 6-8 weeks following each election. The election office has up to 10 weeks to administer compensation. Compensation will NOT be paid if the judge does not serve on Election day. Please note that Early Voting Judges are chosen on a rotating basis and by experience for all 8 days of Early Voting.

 

Duties

Election Judges are responsible for administering voting procedures in their precinct and ensuring a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters. Duties include:

  • Assisting voters
  • Checking in voters
  • Overseeing all election procedures throughout the polling place
  • Setting up and breaking down a polling place before and after voting hours

 

Term of Office

Election Judges are appointed biennially (Election Law Article Annotated Code of Maryland, Section 10-203 (a), Registration and Election Laws of Maryland) 13 weeks prior to any regularly scheduled primary election. They serve until after the general election. Therefore, each person accepting appointment as a Judge should be available for the primary and general election to be held in a given election year.

 

Important:

  • An Election Judge may not hold, or be a candidate for, any public or political office. An Election Judge shall not engage in party/political activity while on duty.
  • An Election Judge may not leave the polling place at any time, therefore arrangements must be made in advance for meals, medication, etc. A mandatory training class (approximately two hours) is required prior to the Primary Election.
  • Compensation for training will not be paid if the judge refuses to serve on Election Day unless excused by the Board of Elections.

 

Please check the Election Calendar for the 2020 Presidential Primary and General Election dates.

If you are interested, please complete the Online Election Judge Application or print out the application and return it to our office as soon as possible.

Mail to:

  • Cecil County Board of Elections
    Attn: Lora Walters
    200 Chesapeake Blvd. Suite 1900
    Elkton, Maryland 21921

OR E-mail to:

If you have any questions, please contact the Election Office at 410-996-5310.

Lora L. Walters
Deputy Director
Cecil County Board of Elections

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