Election judge shortage in Cecil
Voters will head to the polls to cast ballots during the November 8 Presidential General Election.
But as of last week, Cecil County doesn't have enough people to work the polls. "Older people have retired from doing it and there is a lack of interest," said Lora Walters, who works at the Cecil County Election Board.
Election judges are badly needed throughout the county particularly at Rising Sun Elementary School, Rising Sun Banquet Hall (Rising Sun Fire Company), Calvert Elementary School, Bainbridge Elementary School, and Bay View Elementary School.
"Election day is a state holiday. Teachers, state employees, and county employees all have off," said Walters.
Election judges are paid. They earn $150 for working about 15-16 hours on election day. They are also paid $25 for completing the mandatory training class. Paper ballots are back for the 2016 elections. For election day judges will make sure voters mark the ballot, review the ballot, and scan the ballot.
Qualifications for election judges are:
• High school students ages 17 and above may serve as judges. They must demonstrate to election board members that they meet all qualifications except for being a registered voter.
• Must be a Maryland registered voter.
• Must be able to read, speak, and write the English language.
• Cannot be a candidate for public or political office.
• Must possess basic math skills.
• Must be comfortable operating computers.
• Must be physically able to work the 15-16 hours day.
• Must be able to sit or stand for extended time spans.
• Must be able to lift 10 pounds.
• Must attend mandatory training.
• Must be willing to work outside your home precinct.
Election judges are also responsible for ensuring that registered voters can cast ballots privately and hassle free. They must arrive on time and stay until all work is completed. They must also have a positive attitude with an emphasis on teamwork. They are also responsible for following procedures exactly, being neat, and using good judgment.
If you are interested in becoming an election judge call 410-996-8197 or email Lwalters@ccgov.org.
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