More election judges needed to run polling locations

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 20:36:26-04

Lewis and Clark County leaders are looking for more people to help them manage this year’s upcoming elections.

County election officials hope to recruit 200 to 215 election judges to work during the June 5th primary and Nov. 6th general election.

Election judges are responsible for running polling places, assisting voters and reconciling ballots at the end of the day. For both elections this year, Lewis and Clark County will have two shifts of judges, each working about eight hours.

Audrey McCue, Lewis and Clark County’s elections supervisor, said most of their judges are people who’ve done the job in the past.

“That’s one of the difficulties in getting election judges across the state and across the country,” she said. “We find that our election judge pool is shrinking, but we still have the same needs for election judges.”

Election judges must be registered to vote, live in the county where they work, and go through certification training – even if they have previously served as a judge. Lewis and Clark County will hold training sessions on Wednesday, April 25, at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Each session will take about two hours.

If you’re not able to attend one of the planned training sessions, you can contact the county elections office at (406) 447-8338. Officials will try to find an alternate way to certify you.

“Being an election judge is fun: It’s fun to learn about the electoral process; it’s fun to see your neighbors at the polling place and give them ballots,” said McCue. “It’s also fun when we have such partisan times to be working with a team of people not talking about politics and just there for voting and for democracy.”

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