Election Judges

In his fifteen minute inaugural address on January 20, 1961 our 35th President challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good. His challenge is just as important to us today as it was then.

If you are not currently an Election Judge, I offer a similar challenge to you. Do you know what the cities of Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Burleson, Euless, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Haslet, North Richland Hills, Richland Hill and White Settlement have in common? They all need Election Judges and Election Clerks.  

Election Judges are responsible for supervising the Election and serve from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm on Election Day. Clerks assist the voter as they sign in and cast their vote; and, can serve all or part of the Election Day.

Tarrant County Elections needs registered voters like you to serve in through 2021 as Election Judges at Primary and General Elections. 

In addition to being compensated monetarily for your time, you will have the opportunity to give back to OUR community. There is no feeling on earth better than knowing that you took the time to pay it forward. To have a Democrat present at each election site will ensure that each citizen presenting themselves at the poll to vote is treated fairly without fear of being intimidated.

If you haven’t already agreed to serve as an Election Judge, please consider adding the second Tuesdays in March and November to your calendar as “My day to serve OUR Community”.

Please click the button below and fill out this Election Worker Request form. After receiving your form, I will contact you with additional information.

Thank you in advance for your service,

Vera Roberts, Election Judge Liaison
Tarrant County Democratic Party
Election Judge Recruitment and Support Committee

Election Judges are part of the staff working Election Day Polls at all polling locations. Working on Election Day is long and often intense, but very rewarding. Election Day Poll Workers must be:

  • Registered to vote in Tarrant County
  • Able to attend a required training prior to Election Day
  • Available to work from 6AM – 8:30PM (or until the polls close) on Election Day
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese is a plus

The compensation for Judges is currently $12 per hour. Election Judges are appointed by the Parties and hired, trained and paid by Tarrant County Elections, with an additional orientation by the TCDP a month prior to each election.

Election judges will be responsible for picking up election equipment for the assigned precinct, marking early voters in the poll book, locating clerks to work at the polls and making sure the election is fair and problem-free.

Election Day is the first Tuesday in March and November, and the first Saturday in May. There is always the possibility of a run-off election in June and/or Special Elections in September. 

Working early voting is a possibility, as available. Call the Early Voting Department to be added to the potential workers at least 2 months prior to the election.

Clerks, another type of poll worker, assist the voter as they sign in and cast their vote, and work from 6am-7:30pm or can work partial hours at the discretion of the presiding judge.  Clerks will receive compensation of $10 per hour.

Click here to serve as an Election Judge or Clerk.  If you need more information, contact Vera Roberts, Election Judge Liaison, at electionjudges@tarrantdemocrats.org

Prior to Election Day
  • Be accessible via phone or email to TCE and TCDP personnel
  • Locate/Contact workers to serve as an Alternate Judge or Clerks for your Polling Center (one has to be Spanish Bi-Lingual and one has to be Vietnamese Bi-Lingual) [TCE is always available to help locate Bi-Lingual workers for new judges]
  • Return paperwork concerning your availability and workers availability within a week after receiving it from TCE
  • Purchase a name stamp if you are a new Judge
  • Contact the Polling Center to review the facility and set up an open/close time
  • Study the Provisional Ballot information discussed in the Judge’s Handbook
  • Contact workers to confirm they are still available prior to Election Day
    • If possible meet them a few days before to determine their experience available prior to Election Day
Day of Election
  • Be accessible via phone or email to TCE and TCDP personnel
    • Call either one if a problem arises that can’t be corrected by using the Judge’s Handbook
  • Pick up equipment bag needed the Saturday of Monday before the Election
  • Arrive at the Polling Center one hour before (6:00 am) polls open.
  • Ensure that all workers are in attendance, know their specific tasks and fulfill their responsibilities
    • Give Workers compensation sheet
    • Have them take the oath prior to starting
    • Give them their duties for the day
  • Ensure voting equipment is not tampered with before and during election day
  • Ensure number count on equipment is zero at the beginning of the day
  • Stamp at least 20 ballots and as needed throughout the day
  • Ensure the election equipment is ready at 7:00 a.m. on the day of election
  • Ensure that every registered voter is given the opportunity to vote (even if they have to vote a Provisional ballot)
  • Ensure that no one is allowed to disturb voters (either by coercion or intimidation)
  • Ensure that all workers time is inputted completely/correctly at the end of the day
  • Ensuring that the last person to arrive before 7:00 pm is allowed to vote, follow instructions on the Close Polls sheet, close down the equipment.
    • Ensure final paperwork is completed
  • Return paperwork and equipment to the rally station at the end of the day
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