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Election Judge Program Overview

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WHAT IS AN ELECTION WORKER?

An election worker (or election judge) is a registered Maryland voter who volunteers to assist voters on Election Day. The role of an election worker 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.

Every election approximately 3,500 judges ensure that polling places run smoothly, and the election is carried out honestly and accurately. Applications are accepted year-round; however, the deadline to apply to work in a specific election is 21 business days prior to the election.  Applications can be submitted online, in our office during normal business hours, by email (scanned) or fax. Applications received after the deadline may be processed or held for the next election.

An election worker 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 voting location and making sure that the voters have a positive voting experience. Without these individuals, it would be impossible to conduct successful elections.

We offer a variety of positions and hours of service. Some positions require prior election worker experience and/or use of an automobile. Workers bilingual in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and French are needed to help voters requesting language 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.

Early Voting is open to Election Workers willing to serve a minimum of two days during Early Voting.  Training must be successfully completed prior to receiving an assignment.  Early Voting is available for eight days prior to Election Day as a convenience to voters.  Early Voting centers are located throughout the county.  Workers are selected and assigned to serve based on their interest in serving and successful completion of training.  Standby Election Workers agree to be available to serve at any voting location.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be a registered voter in Maryland.
  • I am not legally prohibited from entering onto the property of a school or being near children.
  • Clearly and fluently speak, read and legibly write the English language.
  • Under Maryland law, an election worker may not hold or be a candidate for any elective public or political party office or any office created under the Constitution or Laws of the State and may not serve as a campaign manager for a candidate or as the treasurer for a campaign finance entity.
  • Be able to work the hours required for the position selected.
  • Lift approximately 25 pounds with assistance.
  • Successfully complete a quiz, online training and a hands-on training class.
  • Work courteously and patiently with the public and coworkers.
  • Attend a mandatory meeting on the Monday evening prior to each election at the assigned polling location.
  • Permission slip (for workers under 18 years old).

ADA STATEMENT

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly who wish to serve as election workers 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 workers 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.

BILINGUAL ELECTION WORKERS AND THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

On August 11, 2001 the US Department of Justice informed the Montgomery County Board of Elections of its legal obligation to implement Section 203 of the 1975 Voters Rights Act, which requires that all materials related to voting and Election Day activities be prepared in both English and Spanish to allow citizens to effectively participate in the political process. Determinations are based on data from the most recent Census, and the determinations are made by the Director of the Census.

Voters with Spanish speaking fluency are especially needed because the county places election workers who are fluent in Spanish at every polling place in accordance with the requirements of Section 203 of the 1975 Voting Rights Act. Bilingual workers are needed for Early Voting and Election Day.

The Election Law of Maryland requires that election workers must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland, 16 years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen. Bilingual workers must also be able to fluently speak, read, and write the English language.

On July 27, 2006, President George W. Bush signed legislation which extended the Voting Rights Act to 2031, reaffirming Congress’ belief that all men/women are created equal by outlawing racist voting practices and beliefs. Concerns with this legislation should be addressed to your federal representative. See a synopsis of Section 203 as developed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

ELECTION WORKER CODE OF CONDUCT

To ensure that Montgomery County citizens are provided with the best election experience, we ask that everyone adhere to the Election Worker 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 Worker program. The Code of Conduct will be reviewed and signed in training.

TRAINING OVERVIEW

Maryland law requires all registered voters who desire to become an election worker to complete training as a condition of appointment. The General Assembly of Maryland reviews the laws and procedures that govern elections each year and may pass legislation that changes the way elections are conducted. An accurately informed and properly trained election worker decreases the possibility of errors in the operation of a precinct on Election Day.

Election worker training is conducted in three parts. You must take a quiz, complete online training, and attend a hands-n training class.  Hands-on training classes for the General Election are being held at five offisite locations.  You will be provided the training clas schedule when the quiz and online training is completed.

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.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY AND EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS VIA ALERT MONTGOMERY

We have teamed up with Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and its Alert Montgomery emergency notification system to send text and e-mail messages to the election’s community, in the event of delays, closures, or emergencies at voting locations, training sites and our offices.

Sign up for text and e-mail messages

Those registering for emergency notification will be requested to give their name, e-mail address and phone number, and then to choose the Election Alert option. Please note that while signing up for Alert Montgomery is free of charge, wireless carriers may charge users a fee to receive text messages.

Check the Board of Elections’ web site at www.777vote.org for information about closures or delays, due to inclement weather or other emergencies. If the Montgomery County Government is closed, our offices are closed, and all training classes are cancelled.

Call the Election Worker office on 240-777-8533 to hear an updated message in the event of closures or delays.

In the event an individual training class is cancelled, an email will be sent to all affected.

ELECTION WORKER CONTACT INFORMATION

General Information - 240-777-8533
Email - election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov
FAX – 240-777-8578

MAILING ADDRESS
P.O. Box 4710
Rockville, MD 20849-4710

 

LOCATION ADDRESS
Montgomery County Board of Elections
18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879