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Election Judges and Closers

To become a paid Election Judge or Closer, you must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland. Democrat and Republican voters accepted first. If the total number of Democrat and Republican judges cannot be fulfilled, we will then consider Unaffiliated voters to meet our quota needed. You may call the Board of Elections for consideration.

Judge and Closer Training Registration

Only Judges and Closers who have been assigned to work during the General Election on November 6, 2018 may register for a training class. The letter you received indicates your judge position and password, which is required to register for training.

To register or view classes, select your judge position below. If you have questions, please call the Judge Department at 410-887-0982.

Training Locations

Baltimore County Election Office
11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
Phone: 410-887-5700

Banneker Community Center
27 Main Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
Phone: 410-887-6994

Oregon Ridge Park Lodge
13401 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Phone: 410-887-1818

Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Phone: 410-288-5093

Election judge in training.

We Need You


The Baltimore County Board of Elections is seeking motivated people, who can endure long hours (5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.), to work as Election Judges for the upcoming 2018 elections. You can earn $185 as an Election Judge or $250 as a Chief Judge per Election Day. You will also be compensated $40 for attending a mandatory training session after you serve on Election Day. To receive the $40 training compensation, the attendee must work the assigned day or days of election.


  • You must be a registered voter in Maryland.
  • You must be able to withstand at least a 15-hour day of work and read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • You must attend a mandatory training session and be willing to follow instructions concerning election laws and the overall duties of staffing a polling place.


Closer assist in closing the voting precinct and returning materials. Working hours for Closers are approximately 6 to 9 p.m. on election day, not including drive time from the voting precinct to the regional collection site. You can earn $75 for your service as a Closer on Election Day. You will also be compensated $25 for attending a mandatory training session after you serve on Election Day.


  • You must assist in precinct set-up the night before the election.
  • You must be able to speak clearly, listen well, and be friendly and welcoming.
  • You must be able to follow procedures, including written and verbal instructions.
  • Each Closer is required to drive to the voting precinct and the regional collection site on Election Day. The vehicle must be able to transport the election materials. Public transportation, taxi cabs, ride sharing services (Uber, Lyft, etc.), motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and mopeds are not an acceptable means of transportation for this purpose.
  • A cell phone is required for communication with the Board of Elections.

Election Dates

Primary Election

  • June 26, 2018

General Election

  • November 6, 2018

If you would like to serve as an Election Judge, or you would like more information, contact us at 410-887-0982 or by using the online form. Our fax number is 410-832-8486.

Revised August 17, 2018         


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