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Bilingual Voters Needed to Serve at the Polls (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) is seeking bilingual voters to work at early voting sites and at polling places on Election Day.

BOE officials recruit bilingual workers every election. Spanish speaking workers are especially needed to meet theĀ Federal requirements of Section 203 of the 1975 Voting Rights Act, which stipulates that bilingual Spanish speakers be available at the polls. Spanish-speaking election judges are needed for both Early Voting, April 14 through 21, and Election Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

According to Maryland law, election judges must be registered to vote in the Maryland, 17 years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen. Bilingual judges must also be able to speak, read, and write in English. All election judges will be compensated for training and for Early Voting or Election Day service.

If you are interested in taking this leadership position in your community, call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.8532, download an election judge questionnaire from the website at www.777vote.org, or email Gilberto Zelaya at gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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