Election Judges are hired to work at polling places during Early Voting and on Election Day.
There are several types of judges: Ballot, Chief, Check In, Provisional or Voting Judge (view specifics).
Election Judges sign an oath to be available for both the Primary and General Election of that cycle.
(Article 33, Section 10-203 of the Annotated Code of Maryland).
Election Judges must:
- Be a registered voter in Maryland
- Speak, read, and write the English language
- Be 17 years old by the General Election of the current election cycle
- Be physically able to work continuously throughout the entire day, 6:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Be available for set up the night prior to Election Day
- Be able to assist in lifting 30 lbs
- Have their own transportation for all days worked as well as any training they attend
Election Judges cannot:
- Be a candidate, a campaign manager for a candidate, or a treasurer for a candidate or political committee
- Engage in partisan or political activity while on duty in a polling place