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Montgomery County, Maryland - 2016 Unofficial Presidential Election Results

Election Worker Position Descriptions

To be an election worker you must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland, be a U.S. citizen, be able to work the required hours for the position selected, be able to clearly speak, read, and legibly write the English language, do simple math calculations, and lift approximately 50 pounds with 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.

We offer a variety of positions and hours of service. Some positions require prior election worker experience and an automobile (marked with an asterisk *). Judges bilingual in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French are also assigned to assist voters requesting language assistance to vote.

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 $1700 or more will receive a W-2 showing their payment as taxable income in addition to having Social Security and Medicare withheld.

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. One judge bilingual in Spanish is required per 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 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
  • Bilingual capability in Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish and Vietnamese, preferred

Election Day Payment:        $150.00                                  Training Payment:                 $30.00
Election Day Hours:  
           6:00 am – to approximately 11:00 pm

Voting Operations Judge – A or B

Voting Operations Judge – A or B (VOP-A/B) perform the same duties as other VOP judges during the day. 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 – 11:00 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

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, but does not rotate to work any other station.

          Election Day Payment:          $150.00                                  Training Payment:               $40.00
          Election Day Hours:               6:00 am – to approximately 11:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Runner

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 AND/OR 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Satellite Technician

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

   Responsibilities:

  • Arrive at assigned location at 7:30 pm election night
  • Receive and document the receipt of election materials from several precincts

   Requirements:

  • Ability to accurately verify and document the receipt of election materials
  • Able to attend training;
  • Cell Phone: required for use on Election Day to communicate with the Board of Elections staff;
  • Transportation to get to assigned location

Election Day Payment:          $40.00                                   Training Payment:                 $10.00
Election Day Hours:               7:30 pm to approximately 11:30 pm

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 Da
  • 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:
Training Payment:
Election Day Hours:
 

$50.00**
Standy Chief - $50.00, Standby VOP or CLS - $30.00                  
CHF or 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.

Early Voting Positions

Early Voting is available, prior to Election Day, as a convenience to voters. Early voting sites are located throughout the county. EV workers are selected and assigned to serve at one 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.

EV-Voting Operations Judge

   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

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

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

 

EV Same Day Registration/Provisional Judge (EVSDR)

EV Same Day Registration Judges are primarily responsible for registering and processing new voters but also process provisional voters as necessary. Located at or near the check-in station, the EVVOP 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

   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

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

$175.00
Included in EV 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. 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 Voting Payment (per day):
Training Payment:
Election Voting Shift Hours:

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

EV-Chief Judges

   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

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

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