Howard County, Missouri Elections

Become an Election Judge

Howard County Clerk’s Office is currently recruiting election judges for upcoming elections. Election judges are a critical part of the election process. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and earn extra money in the process.


Attendance and Punctuality

  • Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
  • Judges must attend training sessions provided and participate in exercises.
  • Judges must be at the polls no later than 5:30 a.m. and earlier in big-turnout elections (to be determined by the team of election judges). After 7:00 p.m. polls are closed and all of the teams must stay and assist in closing procedures.
  • Election Judges may take a one-hour break during the day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (schedule with election day team and ensure bipartisan representation at the polls during the absence): RSMo 115.097.
  • Supervisory Judges shall be responsible for the return of election supplies from the polling place to the election authority and have any additional duties as prescribed by the election authority: RSMo 115.081.


  • Election Judges must be able to work well with fellow team members and share in the responsibility for the operation of the polling place. You must be able work well with others in a spirit of supportiveness and cooperation.

Courteous Attitude

  • Follow the “Golden Rule”: treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s also important to stay positive, offer assistance, and listen to what others are saying to effectively resolve issues with coworkers and serve voters.

Willingness to learn

  • Elections are always changing, whether it’s new equipment, added security, or new voting processes. Because of these changes, we need people who are willing and able to learn how to use new equipment, how to fulfill election day best practices, and how to accurately verify voter eligibility and count votes.


  • You’re expected to be conscientious about accuracy and compliance of the election laws and committed to do your best to follow our instructions. This job is about providing citizens in your community their right to cast a ballot for the candidates or issues of their choice with their privacy being protected at the polls.


Election judges are paid a stipend for volunteering.

  • Supervision Poll worker-$150.00
  • Election Poll worker – $140.00; Half Day $55.00
  • Set up poll location (Day before) – $25.00
  • Training Class attendance (Friday before) – $10.00
  • Verification Judge – $75.00
  • Absentee Judge – $75.00

Signing Up

To apply to become an election judge, complete and submit the election judge questionnaire.

If you have questions about serving as an election judge, you may call (660) 248-2284 or email