Become an Election Judge
We are currently looking for Election Judges, please contact the office at 410-770-8099 and an application will be sent to you, or go online to the State Board of Elections, www.elections.maryland.gov/get_involved/election_judges
The Election Judges are a very important part of the electoral process because they are responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct. It would be impossible to conduct an election without them because they are the only contacts between the Election Office and the general public during voting hours. Talbot County Board of Elections is always looking for citizens who would like to serve as Election Judges during the Primary and General Elections. Election Judges serve on Election Day from 5:45 a.m. until all duties are completed after the close of the polling place at 8:00 p.m. Duties include making sure that qualified voters who are properly registered are able to cast their vote in a trouble free environment. They must deal courteously and patiently with the public and coworkers. Election Judges must possess good judgement, be reliable, courteous and able to follow procedures exactly.
Under Maryland law, you can serve as an election judge if you are:
- Age 16 or older*;
- Are a registered voter in Maryland;
- Physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day;
- Willing to work outside your home precinct;
- Able to sit and/or stand for an extended period; and
- Can speak, read, and write English.
* If you are 16 years old, you may be able to serve if you show your local board of elections that you are qualified to be an election judge and a 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.
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
Maryland law requires all persons who desire to become an Election Judge to attend a training session.
|Provisional/Same Day Registration (SDR) Judge||$275.00|
**Note** - Early Voting compensation will be prorated for the Gubernatorial Primary Election, Gubernatorial General Election and Presidential Primary Election.
All Judges will be paid $25.00 for attending the mandatory trainings and must fulfill the duties on Election Days (this is in addition to the amounts listed above).
Election Judges' Brief Descriptions:
Chief Judge - serve as polling place supervisors. Each polling place is staffed with two chief judges of opposite party affiliations. Chief judges are selected from experienced election judges and must exhibit: knowledge of the electoral process and procedures, patience and flexibility, strong communication and organizational skills, an attention to detail, sensitivity to the needs of voters and good people skills.
Provisional/SDR Judge - assist qualified new voters and provisional voters. This judge will work closely with the chief judges to process these voters in a helpful and timely manner.
Check In Judge - the first election judge the voters will come in contact with to begin their voting experience. The check in judge must have basic knowledge in computers to process the voter quickly and correctly.
Voting Judge - the election judge will assist the voter with receiving the correct ballot, directing the voter how to go through the process of voting whether with the paper ballot or the Ballot Marking Device, and ensure that the voter completes the process when the voter inserts the ballot into the scanner.
Standby Judge - the election judge will be on call to fill positions that may come open within a polling place anywhere in Talbot County from the time of training to election day. This judge must be willing to travel anywhere throughout the county and be ready to be called with sometimes very short notice.
For more information or to sign up, contact our office 410-770-8099.
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