Local boards of elections are struggling to recruit election judges to serve on Election Day, November 8, 2022.
Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. Election workers work hard to ensure our elections are accurate, safe, and accessible.
What is an election judge?
Election judges are responsible for administering voting procedures in their precinct and ensuring a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters. Duties include setting up and breaking down a polling place before and after voting hours. Other duties may include checking in voters, assisting voters, and overseeing all election procedures throughout the polling place.
Why should you be an election judge?
- You get paid
- You help voters
- You are involved in the election process
To be an election judge, you must be:
- 17 years old or older
- A registered voter in the State of Maryland
- Able to speak, read, and write English
- Physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day
- Willing to work outside your home precinct
- Able to sit and stand for an extended period
* If you are 16 years old, you can serve if you demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the local Board of Elections, that you meet the requirements for an election judge and at least one parent or guardian gives permission.
NOTE: Some positions require election judges to be able to lift boxes and other items weighing 10 to 25 lbs.
Additionally, you cannot be an election judge and a:
- Candidate or currently hold a public or political office, including State and county political party central committees; or
- Chairman, campaign manager, or treasurer for a political or candidate committee.
No experience is required, and your county’s local board of elections will provide comprehensive mandatory training. Knowledge of computers is preferred but not necessary. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.