To become an Election Judge or Closer, you must be a registered voter in Maryland. You are compensated for your time. Please call the Board of Elections at 410-887-0982 for more information.
Training Schedule and Registration
Only Judges and Closers who have been assigned to work during the 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election on July 19 may register for a training class.
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 elections. Per Election Day, you can earn:
- $185 as an Election Judge
- $200 as a Provisional Judge
- $200 as a Same-Day Registration (SDR) Judge
- $250 as a Chief Judge
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.
Closers 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.
Apply to Become an Election Judge
Complete the Election Judge Interest form if you are interested in becoming an Election Judge or Closer. A representative from the Judge's Department will contact you when hiring begins for the next election cycle.