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Student Democracy Program

Student Democracy Program

Engage in a real world civic service opportunity: Become a Student Election Judge

The Boulder County Elections Division runs a Student Democracy Program for General Elections. We will be hiring and training a select number of local high school students (ages 16 and 17) to serve as Student Election Judges.

As a Student Election Judge, you will gain firsthand knowledge about democracy and the electoral process, all while getting paid. You will be trained by Boulder County Elections and work side-by-side with experienced election judges at one of our many Vote Centers across Boulder County. Plus, you will gain public service experience that looks great on applications and resumes!

To be a Student Election Judge, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 16 or 17 years old* by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and currently attending high school or home school as a junior or senior
  • Be in good academic standing as determined by school officials
  • Have parent or legal guardian consent
  • Live in and/or attend school in Boulder County
  • Be willing and able to serve your assignment
  • Have never been convicted of an election offense or fraud
  • Not have a family member (to the 2nd degree) on the ballot
  • Complete the onboarding process, including all training and new-hire paperwork

*18-year-old students should apply to be a regular election judge:

Student Election Judges perform any combination of the following tasks at our Vote Centers:

  • Greet voters and help with line management
  • Monitor ballot boxes (e.g., check with voters to make sure they have sealed & signed their ballot envelope before placing it in the box)
  • Gather ICX (electronic ballot marking machine) cards from voters after they vote
  • Distribute “I Voted” stickers
  • Clean voting booths
  • Help monitor Ballot-to-Go parking spots and deliver ballots to voters in their cars
  • Monitor and report on wait times for voter lines


  • All training is paid and online.
  • New Student Election Judges will need to complete and pass the test for the one-hour Elections 101 course on the Secretary of State’s website. Course can be accessed here (new users will need to create a login):
  • All Student Election Judges must complete self-guided online trainings prior to working the election. These online trainings may take up to two hours, and can be completed from your home computer, laptop, tablet, or smart device.

Assigned Shifts

  • To be determined in 2022.
  • School AND parent permission must be obtained prior to committing to this shift.

Student Judges will be paid $17.70 per hour, including all training time.

Your pay will be deposited directly into your account on the last business day of the month, and you will be mailed a pay stub.

***Applications for Student Election Judges are not open yet. Check back in 2022***

All applicants should complete this online form. (Form to be added) Once you complete the form, and if you meet the eligibility requirements, our office will be in touch. Online interviews will be scheduled for new Student Election Judges.

If selected, paperwork will be emailed. Criminal background checks will be performed on all new hires.

Boulder County Elections will be following all current public health guidelines to ensure the safety of Vote Center staff and voters. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Judges must wear a mask at all times while in the Vote Center.
  • Complete a temperature self-check upon arriving at the Vote Center for your shift.
  • Do not come to work if you are sick (even if not COVID-19).
  • Election judges will disinfect all surfaces, secrecy sleeves, pens, and clipboards voters touch, including voting booths and ballot marking devices, between each use.
  • All election judges, voters, and observers must observe 6 feet of physical distancing at all times both inside and outside Vote Centers.
  • Voters will be highly encouraged to use face masks or another form of face covering. Disposable face masks will be available for voters arriving without one.
  • Voters will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entry.

If you have questions about the Student Democracy Program or being a Student Election Judge, please contact Elizabeth Holden, Vote Center and Outreach Supervisor:

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