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By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Election Judges

Election judges are registered electors appointed by the county clerk to perform the election duties assigned by the clerk.  Judges are appointed to serve two-year terms and ensure that elections are administered fairly according to federal and state law.

To be an election judge, an individual must:

  • Be a registered elector in the political subdivision (except for student election judges).
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the assigned tasks.
  • Attend a training provided by the county clerk.
  • Not have been convicted of fraud or other election offense.
  • Not be a candidate or be related by blood, marriage, or civil union to the second degree to a candidate whose name appears on the ballot.

Election judges must have a background check and affirm to an oath.

The county clerk may assign an election judge based upon appropriate skill level and interest.

There must be at least three judges at each VSPC (Voter Service and Polling Center), one of whom may be a student judge.  As long as two judges of differing affiliations are present, voting may continue.  If, however, there are only two judges of the same affiliation or only one judge, voting may not proceed.

A county with fewer than 5,001 active electors by the 90th day before Election Day may use regular county staff that is sworn in as election judges to conduct signature verification.  This is a practice we use in Saguache County.

I would like to applaud our election judges who stuck with us in the 2017 Coordinated Election.  Our appreciation goes out to:

  • Lisa Jaminet
  • Karen Cowan
  • Kevin Noland
  • Barbara Tidd
  • Chuck Tidd
  • Kathy Geddes
  • Marilyn Fenton
  • Matie Belle Lakish
  • Richard Drake
  • Desiree Gerade
  • Jane Whitten

Although we experienced a big learning curve with the new Dominion Voting System, I think it was mutually agreed, their jobs as election judges just got easier.

Election judges are the backbone of the voting process.  They help to ensure transparency and elevate voter trust.  Saying “thanks” doesn’t seem enough for their dedication to protect the integrity of elections.