Serving as an Election Judge is a rewarding and informative experience. Election Judges are involved in a multitude of roles including assisting voters and processing ballots with our regular staff. The Election Department encourages qualified individuals to join our team as Election Judges.
There are several Election Judge positions available around election time. Most positions last two weeks and all require training provided by the Election Department.
How to Become an Election Judge
The Colorado Revised Statutes require that the Election Department hire individuals who apply at their political party caucus before offering positions to the public. However, anyone may apply to be an Election Judge by completing the Election Judge application and returning it to our office.
Approximately one month prior to an election, the Election Department will contact you with information about training, the type of position being offered, and the time commitment required. Most positions now last at least two weeks with an additional week of training. All positions are paid.
Colorado Election Law requires an Election Judge to:
Be a registered elector living within the political subdivision.
Colorado is now a mail ballot state. El Paso County provides Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) at several locations throughout the county. These locations offer various services to voters including updating registration records, receiving ballots, and voting on ADA accessible voting machines.
Election Judges may be assigned to a VSPC location to assist voters. These assignments may require one week of training and a commitment to work a minimum of 16 days at the VSPC. Other Judges may be selected to visit voters at health care facilities prior to the election. Election Judges must be dependable and have schedules that allow for varied work hours leading up to and on Election Day. Set up and tear down of election equipment is also required in most cases. Finally, an Election Judge must pass a background check by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Each Election Judge is paid an hourly wage by El Paso County. Should a judge be required to use their own vehicle for transportation other than traveling to/from their workplace, mileage will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in serving as an Election Judge and meet the qualifications, please complete the application below. The application is in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires you to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system for viewing.
Election Judge Application
Completed applications may be faxed to (719) 520-7327, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to: El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, Election Department, PO Box 2007, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2007. If you have any questions, please call (719) 575-8683.
Student Election Judges
El Paso County encourages students to participate in the election process by serving as Student Election Judges. Students receive an inside look at the democratic process while being paid. Positions for students are available for the Primary and General elections.
Colorado Election Law requires Student Election Judges to:
Have parental or legal guardian consent to serve as a Student Election Judge.
Please complete the Student Election Judge Application. It is in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires you to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system for viewing. (The Student Election Judge Application will be available soon.)
If you would like us to visit your school for a brief presentation about the election process and becoming a Student Election Judge, please contact our office at (719) 575-8683.