Monday, January 27, 2020

Election Judges Prepare for Presidential Primary

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mesa County Elections will hold election judge training for the Presidential Primary Election (Mar. 3, 2020) at Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce Street, Conference Room 40, in Grand Junction.

Mesa County is required by Colorado Revised Statutes to select election judges from the most recent caucus list provided by the major parties and hold an election judge training before every election.

Over 40 judges will be in attendance during the two days of training to prepare for the presidential primary - an election that hasn’t been held since 2000 and that voters approved to bring back in 2016 through Proposition 107.

Election judges are required to work in bipartisan teams during every election process. At the training, election judges will be divided into groups for specialized training which includes: working at a voter services and polling center, picking up ballots from ballot drop off locations, ballot sorting, ballot opening and extraction, signature verification, ballot tabulation, and ballot adjudication.

Election judges are an integral part of the election process and allow the community to get involved in local government. The majority of Mesa County’s returning judges are retired and come from a diverse background of professions. High school students in good standing are also encouraged to apply to become election judges. 

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