Working as an election judge for an election is a great way to earn extra income. I know most people usually think of this job for retired people, but really anyone can do this. In our county, the election authority is always looking for people who are willing to work as judges, especially if you are willing to handle some of the extra equipment such as the touch screen voting machine or pda.
Here are the requirements to be an election judge for my county. Keep in mind the payments mentioned are for the county I live in, every county varies. Be sure to check with your county election authority for specific requirements.
To qualify to become an election judge you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a registered voter in the County
- You must declare your political party preference
- You must be able to speak, read and write English
- You must be of good repute and character
- You must be able to assist in setting up the polling place
The pay for regular judges is $120.00, $150.00 for supervisory position, $120.00 for cell phone/palm pilot clerks and $130.00 for Touch Screen clerks. Training will be an additional $30.00. When you work on Election Day, you will be expected to work from 5:15 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.
If you are chosen to be an election judge, you can expect to attend at least one two-hour training session that is usually held a few weeks before election day. You will learn the election rules for your county so you are prepared for election day. In most cases, this is paid training, which is in addition to the pay you receive for working election day.
It can be a long day as an election judge if you do not have a lot of voters coming in. To pass the time, bring something to keep yourself occupied – like that book you’ve been meaning to read. In our county, you are not allowed to talk on your cell phone while your working so don’t plan to catch up on any calls. I bring a cooler with snacks, lunch and something to drink. Depending on where you are stationed for election day and how busy you are, you may or may not be able to leave for lunch. Be prepared by bringing your lunch and snacks to get you through the day.