Prospective election judges invited to Thursday meeting

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Board of Elections will hold a session Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of the County Office Complex for anyone who may be interested in serving as an election judge for the 2020 presidential primary and general election.

Participants will receive background information about the responsibilities of being an election judge and a chance to interact with the voting equipment.

The board is recruiting about 75 new election judges to implement same day voting registration and fill vacancies from judges who have stepped down after many years of service. It takes 368 election judges to conduct the primary and general election. An additional 100 judges will be needed to cover early voting with preference given to those judges who are scheduled to work Election Day.

A mandatory training class is required beginning Feb. 10 through March.

Candidates or anyone who holds a public or political office, including state and county political party central committees, or a chairman, campaign manager or treasurer for a political or candidate committee are not eligible to apply.

Chief judges are paid $225 plus $25 for training. All other judges are paid $175 plus $25 for training. Classes run up to three hours depending on which position is filled.

State employees who serve as election judges may use one hour of administrative leave for each hour of service as an election judge up to a total of eight hours for each day of service.

Early voting for the primary election is scheduled April 16-23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the primary election April 28.

Early voting for the general election will be Oct. 22-29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The general election is Nov. 3, with poll hours identical to the primary. 


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