Student election judges play a crucial role by serving as the gatekeepers of democracy.
As part of a team of judges, you'll be responsible for helping voters and supervising polling place activity. You also get paid for it. Student election judges can earn up to $155 every election. If you're a high school junior or senior, you may apply to serve as a student election judge even though you're not old enough to vote.
Student judges share the same responsibilities, hold the same authority and perform the same tasks as other election judges. They include:
Opening the polling place in the morning and closing it at night
Setting up election equipment
Providing assistance to voters
Signing in voters
Verifying voter qualifications
Operating voting equipment
Filling out forms
Processing and transmitting votes at the end of the day
Certifying vote totals
To be eligible to serve as a student election judge, you must be:
Be a high school junior or senior in good standing
Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Be a U.S. citizen by the time of the election
Successfully complete an election judge training course
Be nominated by your high school principal
Have written approval from a parent or legal guardian
Judges work long hours, arriving at the polling place at 5 a.m. and working until the equipment is packed up after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Trained Election Judges receive $155 for the day.
Election judges are required to work the entire day.