Welcome to what we hope is the first of many “Precinct Chair Quick Tip” emails. Keep an eye out for these emails once or twice a month.
This week’s topic is elections. As Precinct Chair, it is your responsibility to recruit Clerks to work at the polling location in your precinct on election day. This applies to all elections. The number of Election Clerks varies by precinct so check with the Elections Office to find out the number needed in your precinct. Their contact information can be found on their website at https://elections.mctx.org/. Anyone registered to vote in Montgomery County can serve as a Clerk. You will need to provide information about your Clerks to the Elections Office prior to the election.
You may also serve as Election Judge in your precinct. This is encouraged but not required. If you do not wish to serve as Election Judge, it is your responsibility to find someone to serve in your place. However, if you are in a contested race for Precinct Chair and are on the ballot, you cannot serve in your own precinct. Consider switching with another contested Precinct Chair so you can work in each other’s precincts on election day. If you are running for Precinct Chair and are not contested, you will not be on the ballot so you may serve as Election Judge for your precinct. Alternate Election Judges are designated by the opposing party.
Anyone working the election, as Election Judge or Clerk, is required to attend training. The first portion of training is available online at https://elections.mctx.org/training/default.html. Once online training has been completed, everyone must sign up for a mandatory in-person training session using the same link as above. These trainings fill up fast so be sure to sign up early.
If you have any questions about your responsibilities for elections, reach out to the Precinct Chair Support Committee Chair or Vice Chair.