Election Workers Needed
The Harris County Democratic Party is currently seeking Election Workers to serve from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. We especially need bilingual clerks as well as Election Judges willing to travel outside their immediate neighborhoods. Qualifications are listed below.
ALL Election Workers:
- Must be registered to vote in Harris County (exceptions for high school seniors with pre-approval).
- Should have a reliable way for us to contact you (email preferred).
- Must be willing to attend trainings as needed. E-Slate training takes the longest, 3-4 hours.
- Share a belief in the democratic process, assist ALL voters without prejudice, and uphold election law.
- Early vote election workers MUST have previous election experience to be considered and must be available all day every day of the early vote election period.
- Must be fluent in both English and at least one of the languages required in Harris County polling locations by the Department of Justice.
- Requisite languages are Spanish, Vietnamese or one of the most common Chinese dialects.
- Must be willing to attend special training for bilingual clerks.
Presiding Election Judges:
- Are paid more than clerks with the exception of Primary Elections in which everyone is paid at the same rate. Hopefully, Judges are doing this to insure fair elections in Harris County, not for the money.
- Are responsible for supply pick-up and drop-off (you must have access to a vehicle, if you don’t own).
- Must confirm with County or Primary staff and complete paperwork in a timely fashion.
- Will attend E-Slate and Election Law trainings and may also be asked to attend HCDP trainings.
- Must work well with others (including a Republican Alternate).
- Follow prescribed protocols including those relating to the reporting of problems.
- Recruit and manage staff working at your polling location.
- With few exceptions Presiding Judges MUST remain at polling location all of Election Day.
- Experience is preferred but passion for democracy also counts. Being elected as Precinct Chair is taken into consideration as well.
Alternate Election Judges:
- Are important for insuring Democratic representation in our Republican controlled precincts.
- Must attend trainings as if a Presiding Judge and be prepared to step-in if asked.
- Must work well with others and defer to Presiding Judge unless the Alternate believes the Judge is breaking Election Law or practicing poor ethical judgment. In this case, report problems immediately to the County Clerk Office and then the Democratic Party.
- Alternate Judges are paid the same rate as clerks.
Interested persons should email ElectionJudges@HarrisDemocrats.com. Be sure to include “ELECTION WORKER” in the subject line. Reference your qualifications and interest (clerk vs. judge) based on the information above.