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- What Is An Election Judge
- ADA Statement
- Bilingual Election Workers and the Voting Rights Act
- Election Judge Code of Conduct
- Training Overview
- Election Judge Positions
- Election Judge Contact Information
An election worker 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.
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 precinct and making sure that the voters have a positive voting experience. Without these individuals, it would be impossible to conduct successful elections.
- Be a registered voter in Maryland
- 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 50 pounds with assistance
- Successfully complete Stage One (online) and Stage Two (hands-on) training
- Deal courteously and patiently with the public and coworkers
- Attend a mandatory meeting on the Monday evening prior to each election at the assigned polling precinct
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, 17 years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen. Bilingual workers must also be able to speak, read, and write in English. All election workers will be compensated for training and for Election Day service.
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. A synopsis of Section 203 as developed by the U.S. Department of Justice can be reviewed at the following link ( here).
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 is available online and will be reviewed in training.
Maryland law requires all registered voters who desire to become an election worker to attend a training session as a condition of appointment. Training is conducted online and in-person for those serving on Election Day. Separate training sessions are held for workers selected to work Early Voting. Applicants are required to pass BOTH a written and hands on training 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 accurately informed and properly trained worker decreases the possibility of errors in the operation of a precinct on Election Day. ( See Training for more information )
- Chief Judge
- Voter Operations Judge
- Voter Operations Judge-Driver
- Closing Judge
- Opening Judge
- Line Manager
- Standby Judge
- BOE Closing Judge for EV
- Early Voting Judges
o EV Chief Judge
o EV Voting Operations Judge
o EV Runner
o EV Line Management Judge
General Information: 240-777-8533 email@example.com
RECRUITERS (Subject to Change)
Iris Gripper – 240-777-8572
Election District: 13
(Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton)
Deborah Hamer – 240-777-8571
Election Districts: 5, 6, 8 &10
(Burtonsville, Darnestown, Laytonsville, Silver Spring, Olney, and N Potomac)
Jessica Jones – 240-777-8577
Election Districts: 4 and 7
(Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville)
Bernisa Terrell – 240-777-8576
Election Districts: 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12
(Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Poolesville)
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