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Elections

Election Judge Information

Douglas County Elections welcomes interested citizens to serve as temporary election workers, called Election Judges. This is a unique opportunity to get involved in your local government and play a role in the democratic process. Please read through the information below and complete the online Election Judge Interest Survey. Questions? Please email: [email protected]

Election Judge Duties

  • During each election cycle, Election Judge roles are available at the Douglas County Elections Office and at individual Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC). Please read the job description for each role listed below, and request the roles you are most interested in when filling out the Election Judge Interest Survey.
  • Douglas County pays Election Judges for work and for training.

Election Judge Requirements

Colorado Revised Statutes §1-6-101(2) establishes qualifications for Election Judges. To be an Election Judge, you must be:

  1. A United States citizen
  2. A registered elector who resides in the political subdivision unless otherwise excepted
  3. Mentally and physically able to perform and complete the assigned tasks
  4. Free of any conviction for election fraud, fraud, or any other election offenses
  5. Not related to any candidate on the ballot
  6. Willing to attend all required training classes

Computer Skill Levels: Please read the job description for each role below, and request the roles you are most interested in when filling out the Election Judge Interest Survey. The computer skill level needed is indicated for each role:

  1. Minimal
  2. Basic – you have experience using email and navigating a computer
  3. Experienced – you are proficient at using a computer and have possible work experience with computers and data entry

Completing the Election Judge Interest Survey does not ensure an appointment as an Election Judge. If appointed, you will receive additional information and an official Certificate of Appointment at a later date. Serving as an election judge is a temporary position with Douglas County that is limited to the duration of each election cycle.

Thank you!

Election Judge Interest Survey

Election Judge Roles

Douglas County Elections Office Roles

Ballot Roundup

  • Computer Skill Level 1
  • Must have valid CO Driver License
  • Must be proficient at using a smart phone
  • Must be comfortable driving and working outdoors in varying weather
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and push 100 lbs.
  • Work schedule begins three weeks before Election Day and runs through the day after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 3 PM and 7 AM – 8 PM on Election Day

Roundup Election Judges work in bipartisan teams of two. The teams are responsible for the secure collection of ballots from Douglas County’s 21 outdoor ballot drop box locations. This role requires attention to detail to document the statutory chain of custody in the collection and delivery of ballots from ballot drop boxes to the Douglas County Elections Office.

Ballot Intake

  • Computer Skill Level 1
  • Must be comfortable working in climate-controlled warehouse setting
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and push 100 lbs.
  • Work schedule begins three weeks before Election Day and runs through Election Day
  • Typical workday is 9 AM – 3 PM and 9 AM – 9 PM on Election Day

Ballot Intake Election Judges receive and sort incoming ballots that are delivered to the Douglas County Elections Office by the Ballot Roundup teams. This role requires attention to detail to verify and document the statutory chain of custody in the receipt of ballots at the Elections Office.

Envelope Sorting

  • Computer Skill Level 1
  • Ability to spend a long time on feet
  • Ability to lift 15 lbs. in a continuous process
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through the day after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 9 AM – 3 PM and 9 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Envelope Sorting Election Judges are responsible for running all returned ballot envelopes through a large mail sorter. This role requires attention to detail to create ballot batches from the mail sorter, reconcile ballot batch reports, and complete associated data entry.

Signature Verification

  • Computer Skill Level 3: Advanced computer skills required
  • Party affiliation required: Democratic or Republican
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 8 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Signature Verification Election Judges receive specialized training to review and verify voter signatures that are provided on ballot return envelopes. This role requires the highest level of attention to detail. This role also completes audits of approved signatures, prepares and sends signature discrepancy letters to voters who need to confirm their signature, and other duties as assigned.

Ballot Removal

  • No Computer Skill Required
  • Ability to focus with attention to detail in a noisy environment
  • Able to sit for long periods of time
  • Basic math and organizational skills
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 8 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Ballot Removal Election Judges work in teams of mixed party affiliation to physically separate ballots from their return envelopes, either manually, or using envelope opening equipment. This role requires attention to detail to audit and reconcile ballot and envelope batch reports before and after ballots are removed.

 

Ballot Resolution

  • Computer Skill Level 3: Advanced computer skills required
  • Requires operation of a computer for long periods of time
  • Party affiliation required: Democratic or Republican
  • Responsible for resolving voter intent after ballots have been scanned
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 9 AM – 5 PM and 9 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Ballot Resolution Election Judges work in a bipartisan team of two to evaluate the images of ballots that are damaged, have stray marks, corrections, or indicate a write-in candidate. The team uses high-resolution ClearCount ballot imaging software and the Voter Intent Guide produced by the Office of the Secretary of State to resolve the ballot by determining the voter’s intent.

Ballot Duplication

  • Computer Skill Level 1
  • Party affiliation required: Democratic or Republican
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 9 AM – 5 PM and 9 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Ballot Duplication Election Judges work in a bipartisan team of two to create a standard ballot for scanning for:

  • UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) ballots that are returned electronically
  • Provisional Ballots that are accepted at a VSPC
  • Damaged ballots

This role requires a high attention to detail and may also perform other duties as assigned.

Ballot Scanning

  • Computer Skill Level 1
  • Requires standing for long periods of time
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 10 AM – 5 PM and 10 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Ballot Scanning Election Judges scan ballots for tabulation, complete and reconcile batch reports, and box ballots and envelopes for secure storage. This role must have the ability to work independently and requires attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

Ballot Accountant

  • Computer Skill Level 2
  • Requires great attention to detail and accurate data entry
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 10 AM – 5 PM and 10 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

The Ballot Accountant Election Judge maintains and audits the inventory of ballots in the scanning room and manages the workload of Ballot Scanning Election Judges.

Ballot Boxer

  • No Computer Skill Required
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and push 100 lbs.
  • Requires standing and walking for long periods of time
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 10 AM – 5 PM and 10 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

The Ballot Boxer Election Judge collects, seals, and stores the boxes of envelopes and ballots that have been securely processed.

Watcher Liaison

  • No Computer Skill Required
  • Ability to spend a long time on feet
  • Must be pleasant, personable, and professional
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through the week after Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 8 AM – 11 PM on Election Day

Watcher Liaison Election Judges verify the credentials of appointed Watchers and accompany Watchers as they observe election processes. This role fields any questions Watchers may have to provide information and answers from Elections staff.

 

Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) Roles

Poll Manager/Assistant Poll Manager

  • Computer Skill Level 3: Advanced computer skills required
  • Must be pleasant, personable, professional, and able to manage a team
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM on Election Day

The Poll Manager Election Judge oversees all activities and election judges at the VSPC. Leads the team in setting up, operating, and closing the VSPC daily. Assists voters, Watchers, media, and other visitors. Responsible for issuing Provisional and Statewide ballots, keeping an accurate log of spoiled and surrendered ballots, and reconciling all ballots daily with the VSPC Daily Voter Log and VSPC Signature Card reports from Computer Judges. Responsible for the location’s Douglas County cell phone and for verifying that all judges are clocking in and out. Poll Managers must know when to intervene and how to handle any situations that arise.

The Assistant Poll Manager Election Judge fills in where needed and oversees the VSPC in the absence of the Poll Manager. Assists voters, records wait times as required, and assists judges with any mistakes or technical difficulties. Assumes the role of Ballot Aide during busy periods to help maintain the flow of voters.

Computer Judge

  • Computer Skill Level 3: Advanced computer skills required
  • Must be pleasant, personable, and professional with a high attention to detail
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM on Election Day

Computer Election Judges assist visitors to the VSPC with voter registration and updating existing voter registrations, verifying voter information in the secure statewide voter registration database, and issuing ballots. Responsible for balancing the Statement of Ballots with the VSPC Daily Voter Log and the VSPC Signature Cards multiple times throughout the day.

 

Voter Aide

  • No Computer Skill Required
  • Must be pleasant, personable, and professional
  • Work schedule begins two weeks before Election Day and runs through Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM on Election Day

Voter Aide Election Judges assist voters as they enter the VSPC, assess voter needs, notify Poll Manager when Watchers or visitors enter the VSPC, check voter identification, distribute appropriate forms, and answer general questions. Voter Aides also assist with the setup and closing of the VSPC.

 

Watcher Liaison

  • No Computer Skill Required
  • Ability to spend a long time on feet
  • Must be pleasant, personable, and professional
  • Work schedule begins one week before Election Day and runs through Election Day
  • Typical workday is 8 AM – 5 PM and 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM on Election Day

Watcher Liaison Election Judges verify the credentials of appointed Watchers and accompany Watchers as they observe election processes in the VSPC. This role fields any questions Watchers may have to provide information and answers from the Poll Manager and/or Elections staff.

Student Election Judge Program

In Colorado, Juniors and Seniors in high school (ages 16 & 17) are able to work at polling places on Election Day as Student Election Judges. This experience exposes students to grassroots democracy in our community. Serving as a Student Election Judge motivates students to become active voters and to serve as regular election judges when they are adults.

Qualifications

Student Election Judges must be:

State statute makes the following provisions:

If you are interested in serving as a Student Election Judge on Election Day, please email [email protected] to apply.