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Program Description

  Election Operations

The Election Operations program consists of three independent sections that ensure Early Voting and Election Day is successful. These sections are Polling Place Management, Election Judge Recruitment and Training, and Outreach.

The Polling Place Management section is responsible for leasing Early Voting locations and Election Day polling places, assigning all Montgomery County voters to Election Day polling places that are in the same or an adjacent precinct to the voter's home address, ensuring each polling place complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other State and Federal requirements, ensuring all polling places have adequate ballots and supplies, and providing the Board of Elections with information about the cost of facilities, the accessibility of voting sites, and other criteria.

The program's duties also include coordinating with the Information Technology program and the Montgomery County Department of General Services to transport voting equipment, assisting candidates and groups requesting to add questions to the ballot, assisting with candidate filings, proofing ballot styles, and redistricting and updating voter precincts.

The timeline of Montgomery County's election process is dictated by the Maryland State Election Calendar, and begins with the establishment of Early Voting Centers and Election Day polling places. As Polling Place Management is preparing the supplies and equipment necessary to facilitate an election, other sections within Election Operations are preparing Election Judges, and providing voter outreach to the public.

Election Judge Recruitment and Training is responsible for the recruitment of registered Maryland voters to serve as Election Judges during Early Voting and Election Day. This section also provides training, assigns Election Judges to sites, and provides payment to each volunteer. Recruitment of volunteers is done year-round utilizing a variety of methods, with increased effort and focus in the six months preceding an election. A database of interested volunteers is maintained by the section to maintain the efficiency of the selection process.

Training for all election workers is required by State law and is necessary for successful operations on Election Day. The training program includes both on-line and in-person class instruction throughout the County, over a period of approximately 12 weeks. Each precinct team includes volunteers that are registered in different political parties, have various levels of experience, and have bilingual language capabilities. Following each election, the Election Judge Recruitment and Training staff completes payroll processing and conducts a thorough precinct performance review and audit.

Montgomery County is required under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act to provide voting information in Spanish as well as English, and the Outreach section is responsible for meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of Montgomery County voters. This section is responsible for working with community groups and providing direct assistance to eligible residents, including those who are unregistered, for whom English is a second language, who have special needs or disabilities, who are homeless, or who live in underserved communities. With over 170 recognized languages, Montgomery County is a nationally recognized leader in providing effective voter outreach through voter-focused planning and community engagement. A key asset for the Outreach section is its national award-winning Future Vote Initiative that has recruited over 47,000 students to participate in elections since 2004. The Initiative has also recruited over 10,000 students that are at least 16 years old to serve as Election Judges.

Program Contacts

Contact Alysoun McLaughlin of the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.8522 or Shantee Jackson of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2751 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Percent of voters rating Election Day polling place as "well run"99%97%95%95%95%
Percent of no-show Election Judges on Election Day6%5%4%4%4%
Number of election judges recruited, trained, and placed per election 11393,3533,4003,4003,400
Percent of polling places opening on time100%100%100%100%100%
Tax dollars saved by leveraging Future Vote students earning Student Learning (SSL) hours 2$0$13,413$250,000$250,000$250,000
1  The decrease in FY20 is due to the elimination of early voting for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election and COVID-19-related restrictions on in-person voting.
2  Zero figure for FY20 reflects suspension of the Future Vote Program for the 2020 Presidential General Election. The reduced figure for FY21 reflects restriction of the program only to those age 16 or older choosing SSL hours rather than payment of a stipend for Election Judge service.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved295604821.53
Increase Cost: Election Judge Training and Stipends3530000.00
Re-align: From Administration, Information Technology, and Voter Services to Election Operations to Support Election Judge Training and Stipends472220.00
Re-align: From Information Technology Budget to Election Operations Budget to Support SMS Application Development and Programming70000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-24890.00
FY23 Approved336078121.53