The Missoula County Elections Office has reached only 73 percent of its recruitment goal of up to 800 election judges for 2014 and 2015.
Reaching the recruitment goal is critical to reducing wait times for voters at polling places and the elections center on Election Day, said elections coordinator Rebecca Connors.
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of recruiting an adequate number of judges to work on Election Day for the next two years,” she said. “It’s a big commitment, but it’s also very rewarding. Without enough election judges, we’ll see longer lines for people registering to vote on Election Day and for those voters voting at the polls. We need reliable, friendly staff to help those voters participating in our democracy.”
The Elections Office has worked diligently to increase awareness of the need for election judges this year. Anyone registered to vote in Missoula County and who is enthusiastic about the voting process can apply. Election judges are compensated for their time on Election Day and for the time they spend in training.
Training classes have already begun and will run through February. Call the Elections Office at 258-4751 or visit missoulavotes.com to learn more or sign up for training classes.