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Give a Day for Democracy - Please Become an Election Judge

January 11, 2018View for printing

Missoula County is recruiting a new generation of election judges and we are asking our community leaders for their help. Missoula voters have made it clear that they want to vote in-person at their neighborhood polling place. This opportunity cannot be provided without election judges.

As a business owner, we would be humbled and appreciative if you would be willing to encourage your staff to consider becoming an election judge. A representative from the Missoula County Elections Office can make a brief a presentation to staff members regarding this process and what it means to be an election judge. The Elections Office can also provide you with materials to share with employees.

What is an election judge?

• Election judges are a critical component to local democracy.

• Judges greet voters at polling places, distribute ballots and operate equipment. They may help with delivery or ballot drop-off, and assist with tabulation.

What is required of an election judge?

• Attend training.

* Basic training is about three hours and there are a variety of class dates throughout February. Most training sessions are held at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

• Work the June Primary and the November General Election.

• Judges may work a full or a half-day shift and typically work at their neighborhood polling place.

• Judges are paid for training and their service on Election Day.

Businesses supporting election judges are encouraged to their promote service and support for employees on social media, in employee newsletters, etc.

For additional information please call 258-4751 or visit

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this process or what you can do to help ensure fair, honest and transparent elections in our community.

Thank you in advance for your consideration to Give a Day for Democracy.
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