Maryland is incentivizing state employees to serve as local election judges for the upcoming primary and general elections, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.
The state is expanding leave incentives for state employees who serve as local election judges.
“Election judges play an important role in the democratic process, and state employees have always stepped up to serve,” said Governor Hogan. “For this election cycle, we are expanding our recruitment efforts to include the primary election and extending these leave incentives to our contractual employees. It is important for local election boards to get people signed up and trained quickly once they express interest.”
State employees will receive 16 hours of administrative leave for each day that they serve as an election judge on primary election day on July 19, or any day of early voting, which runs July 7-14.
State employees who serve as an election judge on the general election day, Nov. 8, which is a holiday, will receive holiday pay as well as an additional eight hours of administrative leave.
While Election Day is not a paid holiday for state contractual employees, they will be able to receive eight hours of administrative leave for their service.
For the first time, state contractual employees will also be eligible for this leave.
Election judges are trained the day before election day, report to their polling site about one hour before the polls open, and serve until all duties are completed after the polls close.
To be eligible to serve as an election judge, Marylanders must be age 16 or older, be registered to vote in Maryland, be physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day, be willing to work outside their home precinct, be able to sit and/or stand for an extended period; and be able to speak, read, and write English.
To become an election judge, residents can apply on the state’s website or by contacting their county’s elections board.
As of Monday, Baltimore City was short about 800 to 1,000 judges, according to the city’s Election Director Armstead Jones.
With early in-person voting set to begin July 7 and the primary election to follow on July 19, the city is looking for residents to become election judges.
Baltimoreans who are interested in serving as an election judge can call the elections board at 410-396-5550 or sign up here.