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Election Judges and Closers

To become an Election Judge or Closer, you must be a registered voter in Maryland. Maryland law requires an equal number of election judges from the majority party and the principal minority party to serve in every polling place, however, voters from all party affiliations are encouraged to serve. You are compensated for your time. Please call the Board of Elections at 410-887-0982 for more information.

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 2020 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

  • April 28, 2020

General Election

  • November 3, 2020

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 February 25, 2019         


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