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Montgomery County, Maryland - 2016 Presidential Election Results

Election Judge Position Descriptions

To be an Election Judge you must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland, a U.S. Citizen, be able to endure a long day of 15 – 17 hours, be able to clearly speak, read, and legibly write the English language, do simple math calculations, and lift approximately 55 pounds with assistance.

Election Judges receive a set payment, based on their assigned position, for successfully completing all required training and working on Election Day. Judges who complete training but do not serve will not be paid. We offer a variety of positions and hours of service.


Election Day Positions


Early Voting Positions

 

Note: Workers earning $600 or more in a calendar year will not have taxes withheld but will receive a W-2 at the end of the year showing their payment as taxable income. Workers who receive $1600 or more will receive a W-2 showing their payment as taxable income in addition to having Social Security and Medicare withheld.

         Workers earning less than $600.00 in a calendar year will not have taxes withheld or receive a W-2 at the end of the year.

 

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 typically selected from our experienced workers and successful candidates should exhibit the following:  diligence, strong communication and organizational skills, an attention to detail(s), and sensitivity to the needs of the voter.

Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the Co-Chief, provide oversight of the operation of the polling precinct in accordance with Maryland law
  • 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, Election Day, and post election activities
  • Review and certify precinct reports and documentation

Requirements:

  • Automobile; each Chief Judge is required to have a vehicle.  The vehicle must be able to transport two people (Chief/Closing), the election materials and the voting equipment (excluding the Scanning Unit) if necessary.  The vehicle may be a car, SUV, pick–up truck with a covered bed, or van.  Public transportation, taxi cabs, 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 during the day and if necessary while transporting the critical materials and election equipment to the BOE offices.  In the event of any unusual or unplanned circumstance, the Chief Judges must be able to contact and be contacted by the Board of Elections immediately.
  • Conduct the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day with the Co-Chief.
  • Available the weekend prior to the election to pick-up supplies and/or attend a pre-election briefing.

Election Day Payment: $200.00

Training Payment: $50.00

Election Day Hours: 6:00 am – to approximately 10:30 pm
 

Voting Operations Judge

Voting Operations Judges (VOP) are trained to carry out the duties associated with each functional area in the polling precinct. These include: Check-In, Ballot Issuance, Voting Area, and Provisional Voting.  The number of VOPs assigned to each precinct varies based on anticipated turnout..

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 the ballots to voters
  • Escort voters to the voting area and, if asked, give clear instructions on the voting process
  • Process provisional voters
  • Work as a team to close down the polling precinct and prepare the materials and documentation to be returned to the Board of Elections
  • Assist voters as directed by the Chief Judges

Requirements:

  • Clear speech, strong interpersonal skills and excellent listening skills
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
  • 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 approximately 10:30 pm
 

Voting Operations Judge - Driver

Voting Operations Judge - Driver (VOP-D) performs all of 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

Requirements:

  • Clear speech, strong interpersonal skills and excellent listening skills
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
  • 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 BOE office immediately after leaving the precinct.   
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day to communicate with the Board of Elections staff while transporting the critical materials to the BOE offices.  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 9:00 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.  Closing Judges perform Check-In and Voting Unit duties as directed by the Chief Judges.  When the precinct closes, Closing Judges are responsible for assisting the Chief Judges with closing down the voting equipment and delivering the critical materials to the Board of Elections election night.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist voters as directed by Chief Judge until polls close 
  • Assist in completing all tasks associated with closing the voting equipment
  • Two Closing Judges of different party affiliations ride together to transport the critical materials back to the Board of Elections.

Requirements:

  • Automobile: each Closing Judge is required to have a vehicle.  The vehicle must be able to transport two Closing Judges, 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, 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 the critical materials and election equipment to the BOE offices.  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. 
  • Attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the polling precinct the evening prior to Election Day.

Election Day Payment:          $75.00           

Training Payment:                $30.00           

Election Day Hours:              6:30 pm – to approximately 11:30 pm


Technician

Technicians are assigned to act as “trouble shooters”. These individuals are responsible for assisting with any technical problems that may arise.  If necessary, technicians may assist voters at Check-In and the voting units. Technicians are assigned to a limited number of precincts per election.

Responsibilities:

  • Resolve issues that may arise with the electronic pollbooks and voting equipment in an expeditious manner to ensure the precinct opens on time and voting continues
  • Assist voters as directed by the Chief Judges

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic IT skills in order to troubleshoot voting equipment
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at Board of Elections on the Monday prior to the election

Election Day Payment:          $75.00           

Training Payment:                $30.00           

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – 11:00 am


Opening Judge

Opening Judges (OPN) are assigned to provide assistance election morning when voter turnout is highest. The number of OPN Judges assigned to each polling precinct varies and is based on anticipated turnout.

Responsibilities:

  • Work as a team to set up the polling precinct the evening prior to the election
  • Check in voters at the electronic pollbook
  • Escort voters to the voting booths and, if asked, give clear instructions on the voting process
  • Assist voters as directed by the Chief Judges

Requirements:

  • Clear speech, strong interpersonal skills and excellent listening skills
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
  • Attend the mandatory pre-election meeting at the precinct the evening prior to Election Day

Election Day Payment:          $50.00

Training Payment:                $30.00           

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am – 1:00 pm


Greeter

The Greeter’s (GRT) role is to direct voters to the correct polling precinct in the building.  Greeters are assigned to a limited number of precincts per election.

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
  • Serve as an information resource to voters entering the facility

Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • 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: 6:30 am – 1:30 pm AND/OR 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 

Line Management Judge

Line Management Judges are assigned to monitor and manage the flow of voters on Election Day. They serve as the front-line election officials and must set a positive tone for the voter’s experience. Line Management positions are limited and are not assigned to every polling precinct.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct and manage voters waiting in line to vote from the entrance of the facility until the voter reaches the voting room
  • Provide general information to voters on procedures, the voting process and anticipated wait times
  • Serve as an information resource to voters entering the facility

Requirements:   

  • 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 the voter, especially the elderly and the disabled
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned polling place on the evening prior to the election

Election Day Payment:          $75.00 per shift

Training Payment:                $10.00

Election Day Hours:              6:00 am to 1:30 pm  AND/OR 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Roamer

Roamers are assigned to act as “trouble shooters”. These individuals are responsible for resolving any technical problems or procedural issues that may arise. Each Roamer supports four to six polling precincts in close proximity 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
  • Serve as a liaison and courier between the Board of  Elections and the assigned polling precincts
  • Resolve issues that may arise with the electronic pollbooks and the voting equipment
  • As necessary, mediate situations with electioneers, voters and election workers
  • Complete and submit a detailed report of election related activities for each precinct on assigned route 

Requirements:

  • Prior service as a Montgomery County Chief Election Judge
  • Automobile: vehicle must be able to securely transport supplies
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day for conducting election business
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at Board of Elections and pick up necessary materials on the Monday prior to the election

Election Day Payment: $250.00

Training Payment: $50.00

Election Day Hours: 16 to 20 hour day, beginning at 5:00 am
 

Standby Judges

Standby (on-call) Judges are selected for the following positions: Chief , Voting Operations, Voting Operations -Driver, Opening and Closing Judge.  Standby Judges are trained but have not received a specific polling precinct assignment.  Typically this occurs because there is not an open position in a nearby polling precinct when the judge completes training.  However, should an assigned Election Judge be unable to work on Election Day, a Standby Judge (of the same position) is contacted and sent to the polling precinct as a replacement for the judge who is no longer available.  A limited number of standby positions are required for an election..

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:

  • Sign and return a Standby Judge Agreement for the election (required for payment)
  • Chief, Voting Operations and Voting Operations -Driver Judges 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 or the day of Election Day, please call and confirm with your Recruiter within 30 minutes
  • If contacted on Election Day, arrive at the precinct within one (1) hour 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 requested, will result in forfeiture of the training fee.

Election Day Payment:          $50.00**

Training Payment:                Standby Chief - $50.00, Standby VOP and CLS - $30.00

Election Day Hours:              CHF/VOP – from receipt of letter to 2:00 pm Election Day

                                         CLS –from receipt of letter to 8:30 pm Election Day

**Standby Judges sent to a polling precinct to serve shall receive the stipend for the position that they are filling rather than the Standby fee amount.


Runner (Election Day)

Election Day Runners 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:

  • Knowledge of major roadways throughout Montgomery County and the ability to navigate (or read a map) to locate polling precincts
  • Automobile: vehicle must be able to securely transport supplies (use of motorcycles, mopeds, taxi cabs is prohibited)
  • Cell Phone: for communicating with Board of Elections personnel and Chief Judges

Election Day Payment:  $100.00 per shift

Training Payment:    N/A    

Election Day Hours:    5:30 am – 11:30 am OR 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
 

BOE Closing Judge for EV Voting Units

BOE Closing Judges report to the Board of Elections on Election Day and assist Board of Elections IT staff with the closing of voting equipment utilized during Early Voting.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the closing of the voting equipment utilized during Early Voting

Requirements:

  • Report to the BOE on Election Day at 11:00 a.m. and remain until released by the Election Director

Election Day Payment:         $150.00

Training Payment:                $ 30.00

Election Day Hours:              11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Subject to change)
 



Early Voting Positions

 

Early Voting (EV) Judge

Early Voting is available, prior to Election Day, as a convenience to voters. Early voting sites are located throughout the county. Early Voting requires the following staff: EV Chief Judges, EV Voting Operation Judges, EV Runners and EV Line Managers.  EV workers are selected and assigned to serve at an EV site based on their interest in serving and successful completion of their Election Day training.   Standby EV Judges need to be available to serve at any site.   

Responsibilities:

  • See Election Day Position Descriptions

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
     

Early Voting Payment (per day):     EV-Chief Judges $200.00

            EV-Voting Operations Judges $150.00

Training Payment:                        Included in EV service payment

Early Voting Hours:                      Primary election  9:00 am – 9:00 pm

          General election   7:00 am – 9:00 pm


Early Voting Runner

Early Voting Runners are selected to support each of the EV Sites in the County.  Please note that there are a limited number of Early Voting Runner positions available.

Responsibilities:

  • Daily, report to Board of Elections (BOE) office to receive supplies and/or equipment to be delivered to assigned Early Voting site
  • Assist the EV team as directed by the Chief Judges
  • Two EV Runners of different party affiliations ride together to transport the completed documentation and critical materials back to the Board of Elections once EV site has closed for the day

Requirements:

  • Completed ED training for the current election
  • Be willing to serve where assigned regardless of the distance from home
  • Knowledge of major roadways throughout Montgomery County and the ability to navigate (or read a map) to locate assigned EV Site
  • Automobile: vehicle must be able to securely transport supplies (use of motorcycles, mopeds, taxi cabs is prohibited)
  • Cell Phone: required for communicating with Board of Elections staff and EV staff
  • Attend a pre-election training at Board of Elections prior to the start of Early Voting
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned EV Site on the evening prior to the start of Early Voting

Early Voting Payment (per day):     $75.00

Training Payment:                            Included in EV payment

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

Early Voting Line Management Judge

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

Responsibilities:

  • To direct and manage voters in line to vote from the entrance of the facility until the voter reaches the voting room
  • To direct and manage voters in the voting room as necessary
  • Provide general information to voters on procedures, the voting process and anticipated wait times
  • Serve as an information resource to voters entering the facility
  • Encourage voters to study their Sample Ballot prior to voting

Requirements:

  • 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
  • Attend a pre-election meeting at the assigned EV Site on the evening prior to the start of Early Voting

Election Day Payment:          $75.00 per shift

Training Payment:                Included in EV service payment

Election Day Hours:              9:00 am – 4:00 pm AND/OR 2:30 pm – 9:30 pm