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Baltimore County to provide $100 incentive to recruit additional election judges

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones encourage voters to request mail-in ballots and vote early

Baltimore County will pay a $100 incentive to election judges during the pandemic in an effort to recruit more judges ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Marylanders registered to vote can earn $185 as an election judge or $250 as a chief judge on Election Day in Baltimore County. On top of the typical pay, each judge will receive an extra $100 per day, said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., a Democrat.

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Although the county has recruited the 1,500 judges required to staff voting centers throughout early voting and on Election Day, Olszewski said Tuesday that the county still is recruiting substitute judges from all political parties. Applications are available online or via 410-887-0982.

Like other jurisdictions statewide, Baltimore County voters will have the choice of voting in person this fall, casting a ballot via the mail, or placing it in one of the 13 drop boxes that will be available around the county. Ballots will be mailed beginning the first week of October, Olszewski said.

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Baltimore County has requested more than 1.3 million ballots from the state, said Katie Brown, the county’s Board of Elections director. The Election Board is projecting a turnout of 75% of registered voters — more than 419,000 residents.

However, Brown said the county’s Election Board has only received 65,592 requests for mail-in ballots, even though the county population is roughly 847,000. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 20, and Brown encouraged residents to apply for mail-in ballots today.

“It is absolutely crucial that all voters make a plan to vote,” said Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne A. Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat. “Due to the pandemic, I strongly encourage voters to request their mail-in ballot and either submit by mail or use a ballot drop box in order to maintain and minimize gathering in large groups.”

Maryland’s chances of avoiding “any potential slow down with the post office” will hinge partially on how soon residents have applied for their ballots, Jones said. Applying sooner and voting early also “helps dispense the workload at your local board of elections,” she said.

Officials urged residents who want to mail their voted ballot to make sure the envelope is postmarked on or before Nov. 3. The voted ballot must be received by the local board of elections by 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

If residents do not want to mail their ballots, residents can hand-deliver ballots to the local board of elections by 8 p.m. Nov. 3, or they can take it to an early voting center, a ballot drop-off box, or an Election Day vote center before the polls close. Jones and Olszewski said Baltimore County’s drop boxes will have 24-hour security.

Early voting in Maryland has been extended and will run from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning the first week of October, ballot drop-off boxes will be available at the following locations:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center: 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • Baltimore County Board of Elections: 11112 Gilroy Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
  • Hereford High School: 17301 York Rd, Parkton, MD 21120
  • Honeygo Run Community Center: 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, MD 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park: 3605 B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, MD 21131
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge: 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills: 10302 Grand Central Avenue, 3rd Floor Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center: 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
  • Randallstown Community Center: 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center at Hannah More Park: 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
  • Towson University – South Campus Pavilion: 1 Auburn Drive, Towson, MD 21252
  • Victory Villa Community Center: 404 Compass Road East, Middle River, MD 21220
  • Woodlawn Community Center: 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207

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