Time Off Work to Serve as Election Judge

Procedure to Request Time Off
State law allows you to receive time off from work to be an election judge.

To qualify, you must notify your employer in writing at least 20 days in advance of Election Day and attach a copy of your schedule and pay rate form. The schedule and pay rate will be provided by the jurisdiction that hires you as an election judge.

Provide this memo (PDF) to your employer, explaining your right to receive time off to serve as an election judge.


Employers and Election Judge Pay
Your employer can reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid for being a judge during the hours you are away from work. 

For example, if you normally work 8 hours, your regular salary is $10 per hour and your election judge salary will be $5 per hour, your employer can reduce your normal salary of $80 by $40 and pay you the difference of $40.

You can voluntarily take a vacation day to be fully paid by your employer and receive the judge salary you earn as extra income. An employer cannot force you to take vacation.