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Rush to train election judges in Baltimore City

Melvin Hall walked into Baltimore City Election Headquarters in Downtown Baltimore, and asked for an application to be an election Judge. The retiree said he wanted to help as part of his civic duty and, "to be part of the process because it seems like this is going to be a tricky election."

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Melvin Hall walked into Baltimore City Election Headquarters in Downtown Baltimore, and asked for an application to be an election Judge. The retiree said he wanted to help as part of his civic duty and, "to be part of the process because it seems like this is going to be a tricky election."

Baltimore City has 296 polling places. By Monday, 4,200 people had signed up to be City Election Judges.

Maryland State Law requires all Election Judges to receive some training. However, 2,700 of those judges still need to meet that requirement and the election is just two weeks away.

Baltimore City faced a crisis during the Primary Election this year when several Election Judges were ‘no shows’ and voting in some precincts was affected.

"I think the biggest hurdle is just for those who made the commitment, to show up and fulfill the obligation that they have committed themselves too, that’s very important," said Election Director Armstead Jones.

The City sent out 50,000 post cards hoping to find Election Judges.

The pay for a regular Election Judge is $165 per day, but judges get an additional $20 for training, which takes an estimated three hours.

To find out more about Baltimore City Election Judges visit: http://boe.baltimorecity.gov/boe-election-judges

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