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 (March 5, 2024) 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, the BVSD system, or the SVVSD system
  • Be willing and able to serve your role for assigned work shifts
  • Have never been convicted of an election offense or fraud
  • Not have a family member (to the 2nd degree) on the ballot
  • Complete online training
  • Complete HR onboarding process, including the new hire paperwork

*18-year-old students should apply to be an 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)
  • 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


  • 2 hour time commitment to complete self-guided online trainings from your home computer, laptop, tablet, or smart device. These trainings take up to 2 hours–you will be paid for your time. They must be completed before working on Election Day.
  • On the Saturday before Election Day, an optional shift will be available for in-person training–you will be paid for your time.

Assigned Shifts

  • On ELECTION DAY the shift is a FULL DAY, 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • School AND parent permission must be obtained prior to committing to this shift.
  • Students will be assigned work at one of the Vote Centers in Boulder County.

Student Judges will be paid $21.44 per hour, including all training time.

Your paycheck will be mailed to you on the last business day of the month.

All applicants should complete this online form. Once you complete the form, and if you meet the eligibility requirements, our office will be in touch. Online or in-person 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.

If you have questions about the Student Democracy Program or being a Student Election Judge, please contact Nicholas Abruscato:

Contact Us

Elections Division


303-413-7728 (Fax)
Boulder County Elections website

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Fridays


Boulder: 1750 33rd St. (main office)
Map and Directions Boulder Location

Longmont: 529 Coffman St.*
Map and Directions Longmont Location

Lafayette: 1755 S. Public Road*
Map and Directions Lafayette Location
* Longmont and Lafayette locations only offer paper voter registration forms

Mailing Address

1750 33rd St., Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

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