For the Election Judges
Judges of elections are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the
polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election
process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.
Who chooses Election Judges?
Election Judges are chosen by the Party Chairperson. In precincts under the jurisdiction of
the County Clerk, the party which cast the highest average number of votes at the most
recent three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three election
judges; the party which casts the second highest number of votes at the most recent three
gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two election judges.
Qualifications necessary to be an Election Judge
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be of good repute and character
- Be able to speak, read, and write the English Language
- Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be an elected precinct committeemen
- Be a registered voter of Hancock County
- Declare party preference
Responsibilities of an Election Judge
- Open and close polls
- Be responsible for all election materials
- Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
- Give instructions if requested by a voter
- Maintain order in the polling place
- Reconcile the paperwork after polls close
What training is required?
We conduct Election Judge training sessions before every election.
High School Election Judge
- United States Citizen at the time of the Election
- Junior or Senior in good standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Attend 1 required election judge training class per election.
- Complete correspondence through phone/text and/or email with mentor
- Fill out additional paperwork required by the Hancock County Clerk’s Office
- Complete brief questionnaire following the election
How to become a student election judge?
- Complete student portion of application
- Have principal sign off on application
- Have Parent/Guardian sign off on application
Election Day Requirements:
- Arrive at assigned polling place by 5:30 AM.
- Must stay at polling place all day.
- Cannot leave polling place until all paperwork and packing of supplies is completed.
- Must have own transportation as students may not travel in another election judge’s vehicle.