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Student Election Judges

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. Here in Douglas County, it also allows them to earn community service hours for school and to donate the money they earn to the student organization of their choice! 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:

  • U.S. citizens by the date of the election at which they are scheduled to work.
  • Willing to serve long hours on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Duties start as early as 6:00 AM and can last as late as 9 p.m.
  • Physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Election Judge.
  • Able to attend a mandatory, four-hour Election Judge training session in October.
  • Never have been convicted of election fraud, other election offenses, or fraud.
  • Not be related to any candidate on the ballot in the precinct where they are working.
  • At least 16 or 17 years old and a Junior or Senior “in good standing” at a public or private high school at the time of the election at which they plan to work. Homeschooled students are also eligible.
  • Have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

State statute makes the following provisions:

  • Student Election Judges do not need to be registered electors.
  • There are no party affiliation requirements for Student Election Judges.
  • Upon approval by their school’s principal or an administrator designated by the principal, Student Election Judges will be appointed by and will serve at the discretion of the local Election Official.
    • DCSD schools are closed on Election Day for General Elections, allowing students to serve as an election judge without missing school.
  • Students should have their own transportation to the Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) to which they are assigned or must assure the Election Official that they will arrive at the VSPC at 6 a.m. and have return transportation when their Election Day work is complete (approximately 8 to 9 p.m.).
  • Student Election Judges will assist in checking-in voters, activating voting machines, and assisting electors in casting their ballots. In Douglas County, Student Election Judges serve in the role of Voter Aide or Computer Judge.
  • Veteran Election Judges will supervise Student Election Judges.
  • Student Election Judges will be compensated for working Election Day and for attending the mandatory Election Judge training session.
    • Douglas County Elections partners with the Douglas County School District to allow students to donate the money they earn to the student organization of their choice!
    • Students will also earn community service hours for their training session and their service on Election Day – a total of 15-20 hours!

Apply early! A limited number of positions are available. If hired as a student election judge for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election, you are required to attend a four-hour training session in October. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 16.

  • Student Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • In order to be paid, students must provide their Social Security Number.
  • Student Election Judge Positions

    November 3, 2020 General Election


  • Voter Aide (No Computer Skills Required)

    • ⋅Must be pleasant, personable and professional
    • ⋅Must quickly assess the voter's needs
    • ⋅Provides appropriate forms and guides voters to next steps in the voting process
    • ⋅Oversees voters depositing Mail Ballots, In-Person and Provisional Ballots

    Computer Judge (Experienced Computer Skills Required)

    • ⋅Assists voters with registration, updating existing registration, giving vote credit and replacing a voter's mail ballot
    • ⋅Strong computer skills, accurate date entry, and attention to detail.
    • ⋅Responsible for ballot inventory and daily balancing.

  • School lnformation

    Please provide the information requested below. Your School Official, who will be contacted by Douglas County Elections to confirm: I certify and recommend that this student election judge applicant is a student in good standing and that the applicant is or will be a junior or senior at the time of the election.
  • Parent/Guardian Information

    Please provide the information requested below. Your parent/guardian will be contacted by Douglas County Elections to confirm: I hereby consent to allow my child to serve as a student election judge and affirm that they will be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election.
  • Student Signature

    By typing your name below:

    I certify that at the time of the election I will be at least 16 years of age and a junior or senior in a public or private high school, or equivalent if home-schooled and that I am able to attend a training session and perform assigned duties.