Become an Election Judge
Getting Involved - Citizen Participation
What is an election judge?
An election judge plays a very important role in the electoral process
by administering voting procedures in an assigned precinct or early
voting center and ensuring a fair and accessible election for all
eligible voters. Without election judges, there would be no elections!
Election judges receive training before the election and report
approximately one hour before the polls open (10:00 a.m. during early
voting and 7:00 a.m. on Election Day) and serve until all duties are
completed after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.
Why should you be an election judge?
- You will be paid. The amount of money you will be paid varies by county.
- You will have helped other voters exercise their right to vote.
- You will have an increased appreciation for the democratic process.
Who can be an election judge?
Under Maryland law, you can serve as an election judge if you are:
- Age 17 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
- Can speak, read, and write English
* If you are 17 years old, you can serve if you demonstrate, to the
satisfaction of the county Board of Elections, that you meet the
requirements for an election judge and at least one parent or guardian
NOTE: Some positions require election judges to be able to lift boxes
and other items weighing 10 to 25 lbs.
Bilingual election judges are also needed.
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
Attention: State of Maryland Employees
Under a State law, State of Maryland employees who are scheduled to work
on Election Day are entitled to use administrative leave to serve as an
election judge and keep the compensation received for service as an
election judge. Note: Only State employees scheduled to work on Election
Day are entitled to use administrative leave.
If you are a State employee and are interested in serving as an election
judge, please follow your normal procedures for requesting leave and
contact the office to sign up as an election judge. The County Boards of
Elections have the necessary paperwork to assist you in using
How can I be an election judge?