Become an Election Judge in Baltimore City

In partnership with the Baltimore City Board of Elections and Baltimore Votes, Hopkins Votes is coordinating efforts to recruit Election Judges to serve in Baltimore City for the upcoming election on November 8th.  This is a paid opportunity for any registered Maryland voter to support the democratic process here in Baltimore City.  Please review the following requirements before applying to confirm your eligibility. If you have interest or any questions about the role please reach out to

Not a student? Check out Baltimore Votes’ general page for more information on being an Election Judge in Baltimore City.

What is the role of an Election Judge?

Election Judges, also known as poll workers in other states, are a vital part of in-person voting. These paid volunteers check in voters, support general operations of polling places, assist voters with disabilities use accessible ballot marking devices, hand out “I Voted” stickers, and do many other important jobs to make sure that polling places run smoothly.

What’s The Time Commitment?

  • On Election Day, polls are open from 7am-8pm, plus about an hour before and after for set up and clean up.
  • Prior to Election Day you also must complete a 3.5-hours of mandatory training.

Qualifications for Election Judges in Baltimore City

  • Must be at least 16 years old or older.
  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Maryland.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write the English language.


Election Judges receive $200 for their service on Election Day and an additional $20 for participating in mandatory Election Judge training session. Compensation will be mailed 6-8 weeks after Election Day.

Mandatory Training

You are required by law to attend a training class and to serve on the day(s) you are assigned to work. You will receive compensation of $20 for attending the training session.


JHU staff will coordinate any necessary transportation arrangements for students to serve as Election Judges. Transportation will be provided to and from your polling site for both any necessary training and Election Day itself.