How To Become an Election Judge

Would you like to serve as Election Judge? You must be a registered voter in Gilpin County. This is a paid position.

Please contact Sahari McCormick 303-582-5321 or elections@gilpincounty.org if you are interested in becoming a judge or would like more information. You can also sign up at a party caucus.

Election Judge Benchmarks

Elections in the State of Colorado are all mail ballot with an option for voters to also vote in person at the Community Center in Black Hawk.
There are several types of judges needed:

Mail Processing Judge: 2 types:

1: Pick up the mail at the post office and remote ballot drop off boxes followed by Signature Verification (may include Signature Verification October 12-16 only). Must have a valid Drivers’ License and pass the MVR background check to be the driver for pickup.

2: Open envelopes and sort/batch ballots.

Background check is required for both positions.

SCORE and Signature Verification Judge: Duties include accessing the Statewide Voter Registration System (SCORE), giving credit for voting when ballot is received, and conducting signature verification. (This will be a standalone task from October 19 to November 3) Need computer skills with good organizational skills. Requires a background check and SCORE/SANS training.

VSPC Judge – Processes in person voters at the Vote Center. Ability to explain the electronic voting process. This is a full day position but can be made half day if enough interest is expressed. Requires a background check, computer skills to access the Statewide Voter System, SCORE/SANS training and possess excellent customer service skills. (October 19 to November 3)

Count and Adjudication Judge –Runs voted ballots thru the counting machine. Determine voter intent when the voting machine cannot determine how the voter voted. Requires a background check and advanced computer skills. Must be detail oriented and have good organizational skills.

Other requirements:

  • Must be a registered elector in Gilpin County (CRS 1-6-101(2) (a)).
  • Must be physically and mentally able to perform and complete the assigned tasks (CRS 1-6-101(2) (b)). Some of the following abilities and tasks may be required:
    1. be able to lift 25 pounds
    2. be able to "work" in a busy and stressful environment for 14+ consecutive hours
    3. be able to understand and read English at an 8th grade level
    4. be in good physical condition that allows sitting and/or standing for long periods of time
    5. be able to accurately distribute multiple ballot styles in a timely fashion
  • Must attend a class of instruction concerning the tasks of an election judge prior to working (CRS 1-6-101(2) (c)).
  • Have never have been convicted of any election offense or fraud (CRS 1-6-101(2) (d)). A criminal background check is run on all election judges.
  • Are neither a candidate on the ballot nor a member of immediate family of the candidate (CRS 1-6-101(2) (e)).
  • Must be able to provide your own transportation to the Community Center in Black Hawk.
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