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County seeks election judges

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By Mary Auld for the Valley Journal 

LAKE COUNTY – Election judges are the boots on the ground that keep elections running smoothly. Lake County is recruiting community members for these important positions.

“Election judges are on the front line dealing directly with voters,” Lake County election administrator Katie Harding said. “They’re the ones who uphold the integrity of the election.”

Election judges open up the polls, check voter identification, issue ballots and collect them from voters. Lake County is seeking election judges who can serve in the June 2nd primary election and the November 3rd federal general election. The position is paid. 

Judges are required to attend a three-hour training, and those training sessions will be offered locally in March and April. 

Election judges must be registered to vote in Lake County. They also cannot be related to a candidate in their precinct. Judges must also have a positive attitude and be able to work fifteen-hour election days. On election days, judges work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The Arlee, Charlo and Pablo precincts have a shortage of election judges.Residents of those areas who are interested are encouraged to apply. Those interested in becoming election judges can learn more by contacting the Lake County Election Office at 406-883-7268 or Applications are available at the Lake County courthouse or at


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