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Become an Election Judge

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Dear Voter: 

 

We appreciate your interest in becoming an Election Judge. Election Judges are individuals who staff the polling places and are responsible for administering the voting procedures in the polling places on Election Day. Two Chief Judges in each polling place are the supervisory officials responsible for ensuring that the election process is managed fairly and in accordance with State and Federal law. Election Judges have many responsibilities and perform various tasks on Election Day that are delegated by the Chief Judges.

Election Judges are appointed to serve approximately two years and are expected to serve as an Election Judge for all elections that are held during that period. Election Judges serve on Election Day from 6:00 A.M. until all duties are completed after the polls close at 8:00 P.M. (approximately 15 hours or more).

 

Compensation

Judges will earn a minimum of $150 for each Early Voting Day and $200 for each Election Day, plus $25 for the mandatory training class. Judges shall receive their payment by mail approximately 6-8 weeks following the General Election. 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 bases and by experience for all 8 days of Early Voting.

Qualifications

  • Must be a registered voter in Maryland.
  • Able to read, write, and clearly speak the English language.
  • Possess basic math skills.
  • Be comfortable operating computer technology (preferred).
  • Physically and mentally capable of working a 15-16 hour day.
  • Able to lift at least 10-25 pounds.
  • Attend MANDATORY training class.
  • Willing to work outside your home precinct.

* 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.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that qualified voters are able to cast their vote privately in a trouble-free environment.
  • Report promptly for duty and remain in the polling place to complete all tasks after the polls close.
  • Maintain a positive attitude, working together as a TEAM.
  • Be courteous and patient with voters and fellow judges.
  • Present a neat appearance.
  • Possess good judgement.
  • Follow procedures exactly as instructed.

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 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. You will be notified if a vacancy is available.

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 Board office at 410-996-5310.

Lora L. Walters
Deputy Director
Cecil County Board of Elections

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