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Election Judges

image uncle sam I want you to be an election judge One of the responsibilities of the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections is the appointment of Election Judges to staff the different polling locations in the county.

In this regard, Election Judges are being sought to work on Election Day in the thirty six (36) precincts throughout St Mary’s County Maryland for the April 26, 2016 and November 8, 2016 Presidential Elections.

Election Judges operate the polling place and are a very important part of the electoral process. Election Judges are the only contact the Election Office has with the general public during voting hours and are responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct. Without these individuals it would be impossible to conduct an election.

All Election Judges must make sure that qualified voters who are properly registered are able to cast their vote in a trouble-free environment. They represent the entire electoral process and may be the only person a voter has contact with when exercising his or her right to vote. Therefore, the Election Judge must be reliable, courteous, able to follow procedures exactly, and above all, possess good judgment. Election Judge Qualifications:

1. An Election Judge must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland and be able to speak, read and write the English language and work at least 15 hours.

2. While serving as an Election Judge, a Judge may not be a candidate, a campaign manager for a candidate, or a treasurer for a candidate or political committee.

3. While on duty, an Election Judge may not engage in any partisan or political activity.

All Election Judges are compensated for their services on Election Day and for attending a training class. Chief Election Judges are paid $175.00. All other Election Judges are paid $150.00. All Election Judges are paid $30.00 for attending a mandatory training class.

Election Judges are required to be at there assigned precincts by 6:00 am and work until the precinct is closed and everything is cleaned up. You may not leave during the day. You will need to bring your meals and snacks with you or have them delivered to you.

If you are interested in serving as an Election Judge for St. Mary’s County please complete the Election Judge Application (below) and return it to P O Box 197, Leonardtown Md, 20650.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Susan Julian at (301) 475-4200 ext. *1614 or Susan.Julian@stmarysmd.com

There are three types of Election Judges:

Chief Judges:

In each precinct, Democratic and Republican Chief Judges are appointed. These individuals are the supervisory officials responsible for insuring an orderly election. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 
• Picking up and returning the supplies needed to conduct the election Checking the polling place before Election Day
• Supervising the opening and closing of the polls
• Seeing that all procedures are followed

Check-In Judges:

These individuals' responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assisting in the opening and closing of the polls
• Verifying the Voter Authority Card and Signature
• Voting Unit Judges: These individuals' responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Assisting in the opening and closing of the polls
• Verifying the Voter Authority Card and make sure the Voter has signed
• Monitoring activity around the voting unit and booths
• Programming the ballots on the access cards for each voter

Provisional Judges:

These individuals' responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in the opening and closing of the polls
• Assisting first time voters in Maryland
• Assist voters with completing the proper paperwork for a provisional ballot

Each Judge works as part of a team including one Democratic Judge and one Republican Judge. Under certain circumstances, a voter registered as "Decline to Affiliate" may work as a Judge.

If you are interested in serving as an Election Judge for St. Mary's County please complete the Election Judge Application (below) and return it to P O Box 197, Leonardtown Md, 20650. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Susan Julian at (301) 475-4200 ext. *1614 or Susan.Julian@stmarysmd.com

Click here to fill out the Election Judge PDF Form, save the pdf upon completion to your desktop and email as an attachment to Susan.Julian@stmarysmd.com

Click here to print out an application to become an Election Judge - PDF Form

Mail applications to Board of Elections at P.O. Box 197 Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Faxed to 301-475-4077

If you are interested, please complete the application and return it to this office as soon as possible. You will be notified if a vacancy is available.