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Countywide Election Results

-2014 Primary Election Reports including Early Voting Turnout.

 

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: Judges 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. Judges who receive $1500 or more will receive a W-2 showing their payment as taxable income in addition to having Social Security and Medicare withheld.

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 the ranks of judges 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:

Requirements:

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 place; these include: Check-In, Voting Unit Area, and Provisional Voting. The number of VOP’s assigned to each precinct varies based on anticipated turnout. Provisional balloting may also be handled by specially trained VOP – Provisional Judges.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $150.00

Training Payment: $30.00 or $40.00 for specially trained VOP-Provisional Judges

Election Day Hours: 6:00 am – to approximately 10:30 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 units and for delivering all of the critical materials to the Board of Elections election night.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $75.00

Training Payment: $30.00

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

Technician

Technicians are “tech savvy” individuals who assist Chief Judges with the opening of the voting units and deal with any technical problems that may arise. Once this task is completed they assist voters at Check-In and voting units. Technicians are assigned as needed to specific precincts.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

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 precinct varies and is based on anticipated turnout.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $50.00

Training Payment: $30.00

Election Day Hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 am

Greeter

Greeters serve at facilities that host two polling precincts at the same address. The Greeter’s role is to direct voters to their assigned precinct within the building.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $50.00 per shift

Training Payment: $10.00

Election Day Hours: 6:30 am – 1:30 pm OR 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Roamer

Roamers are “tech savvy” individuals assigned to a route of six to ten polling precincts in close proximity. They are expected to deal with equipment issues as well as have a working knowledge of election procedures to serve as a resource for Chief Judges and voters.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

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 Judge, Voting Operations Judge, Opener and Closing Judge. Standby judges are trained but have not received a specific precinct assignment. Typically, this occurs because there is not an open position in the judge’s home or voting precinct, when the judge completes training. Should an Election Judge be unable to work on Election Day, a Standby Judge (of the same position) is contacted and sent to the precinct as a replacement for the judge who is not available. A limited number of standby positions are required for an election.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

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, OPN, CLS - $30.00

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

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

**Standby Judges sent to a 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:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $100.00 per shift

Training Payment: N/A

Election Day Hours: 5:30 am – 11:30 am OR 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Early Voting Positions

Early Voting (EV) Judge

Early Voting is available, prior to the normal Election Day, as a convenience to voters. Multiple voting centers are located throughout the County. The voting process is primarily the same as Election Day and requires the following staff; EV Chief Judges, EV Voting Operation Judges, EV Runners and EV Line Management Judges. EV Judges are selected and assigned to serve at one of the five EV centers in the County. However, Standby EV Judges must be available to serve at any site, as needed. Please note: there are a very limited number of Early Voting positions available.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Early Voting Payment (per day): EV-CHF Judges $200.00; EV-VOP Judges $150.00

Training Payment: Included in EV payment

Early Voting Hours: 9:00 am – 9:30 pm

Early Voting Runner

To be eligible to serve as an Early Voting Runner an Election Judge must have served as a Closing Judge in the previous election and must be available to serve all six Early Voting days. EV Runners are selected to serve at one of five EV centers in the County. Please note that there are a very limited number of Early Voting Runner positions available.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

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 at certain centers, 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 official and must set a positive tone for the voter’s experience.

Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Election Day Payment: $75.00 per shift

Training Payment: Included in EV payment

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