Election Judge Program Overview
An Election Judge is a registered Maryland voter who volunteers to assist voters on Election Day. The role of an Election Judge 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 Judge 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 precinct and making sure that the voters have a positive voting experience. Without these individuals, it would be impossible to conduct successful elections.
The Montgomery County Board of Elections is sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly who wish to serve as Election Judges 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 Judges 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.
To ensure that Montgomery County citizens are provided with the highest caliber of Election Judge, we ask that all judges adhere to the Election Judge 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 Judge program. The Code of Conduct is available online and will be reviewed in training.
There are several different types of Election judge positions; some will require previous Election judge experience.
§ Chief Judge
§ Voter Operations Judge
§ Closing Judge
§ Opening Judge
§ Standby Judge
§ Early Voting Judges
o EV Chief Judge
o EV Voting Operations Judge
o EV Runner
o EV Line Management Judge
Maryland law requires all registered voters who desire to become an Election Judge to attend a training session as a condition of appointment. Training is conducted online and in-person for judges serving on Election Day. Separate training sessions are held for judges selected to work Early Voting. Applicants are required to pass BOTH a written and hands on evaluation in order 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.
It is necessary to review the laws and procedures that govern elections each year. Each year the General Assembly of Maryland passes legislation that changes the way elections are conducted. An informed Judge decreases the possibility of errors in the operation of a precinct on Election Day. (See Training for more information)
General Information: 240-777-8533 email@example.com
RECRUITERS (Subject to Change)
Deborah Hamer – 240-777-8571
Election Districts: 1, 2, 9, 11, 12, 13
Jessica Jones – 240-777-8577
Election Districts: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
ELECTION JUDGE PROGRAM FAX – 240-777-8578
PO Box 4710
Rockville, MD 20849-4710
Montgomery County Board of Elections
18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879