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Election Judges

The Arapahoe County Elections Division welcomes interested citizens to serve as temporary election workers for each election. This is a unique opportunity to get involved in your local government and play a role in the democratic process.

Temporary positions are open for Elections Judges for the November 2, 2021 Coordinated Election.  

For the November 2021 Coordinated Election, Arapahoe County will hire  approximately 100 Election Judges.  

Four election judges sitting at a table


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Registered to vote in Colorado
  • A resident of Colorado
  • Physically and mentally able to perform the duties
  • Free of any conviction for fraud or election offenses
  • Not a candidate or a family member of a candidate on the ballot
  • Must work all dates and trainings for which you are hired
  • Arrange your own transportation to and from your work location
  • Provide your own meals/beverages for your shift
A male and female election worker sit at table opening ballot envelopes


Interested in becoming an election judge?  Complete the interest form and we will add you to our mailing list! 


Various opportunities to work the November Coordinated Election are open.  Below are the types of positions needed each election.

Two female election workers open mail ballot envelopes at a table.

The Arapahoe County Elections Warehouse, 5251 S Federal Blvd. Littleton, 80123, is the hub of all the ballot processing for the county.  Election Judges may be assigned to work in a variety of different positions and may have the opportunity to be cross trained in other positions.  There is AMPLE FREE PARKING.  

Shifts for Ballot Processing positions may vary, and Ballot Processing Judges could be called upon to work weekends.  On Election Day, the work hours are long and you will be expected to stay for your entire shift! 


Ballot Opening - Workers will remove ballots from envelopes, identify damaged ballots, and prepare and flatten ballots for scanning and tabulation.  Your attention to detail, patience and flexibility will pay off in this position.

Health Care Facility Judge (HCF) – Health Care Facility Judges begin working on October 7 with onboarding and training.  Bipartisan teams will visit qualifying Health Care Facilities throughout Arapahoe County.  The teams meet at the Elections Warehouse each morning, collect ballots and supplies for their assigned stops, deliver ballots to HCFs, and return to the facility to pick up and deliver voted ballots to the Warehouse.  Shifts vary and may work Monday – Firday until Election Day. 

Signature Verification – Workers will learn established signature verification guidelines of the Colorado Secretary of State, review signatures on ballot envelopes, and compare them to online data in the voter record.  Teams work in collaboration to discuss any discrepant signatures.  The entire shift is spent viewing and verifying data on a computer screen, so attention to detail and a high level of accuracy is needed.  Comfort with computer work is a must.

Tabulation - The Tabulation team will operate the ballot scanner computer, feed ballots into scanners and enter ballot counts by batch into laptop.  Then will box scanned ballots, for secure storage. 



The Ballot Security Team begins their shift at the Arapahoe County Elections Warehouse, and in bipartisan teams of two (2) depart the facility in county or rental vehicles, with supplies for the VSPCs (Voter Service and Polling Centers).  They transport voted ballots from VSPC locations and 24-hour ballot drop boxes back to the Elections Warehouse.  Other stops may include the General Mail Facility and Arapahoe County Jail.  This position does require a good driving record and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs with the assistance of a partner.  This position begins on Thursday, October 7 with onboarding and training, and runs through November 3.  The Ballot Security Team may work 7 days a week, and hours are varied but typically in the morning. 


Five election judges sit at laptops at a table in a Voter Service and Polling Center.

Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) are open from October 25 – November 2 during the election, and are located throughout Arapahoe County.  For the November 2, 2021 Coordinated Election, there will be 7 VSPCs open, located in Aurora, Byers, Centennial and Littleton.  These remote locations of the Arapahoe County Elections Division provide the following services to voters:

  • Voter Registration or voter updates
  • In-person ballot distribution to allow for voting on paper or via a tablet marking device which is compliant with HAVA and ADA requirements
  • Statewide and provisional ballots
  • Replacement ballots
  • Ballot boxes for in-person ballots and returned mail ballots


VSPCs are open Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to w pm, and Election Day 7 am to 7 pm.  Election Judges typically arrive 30 minutes before and stay 30 minutes after these times, and must be available to work their entire schedule, including the long hours on Election Day.



Two female student election workers speak to each other and smile next to a ballot box inside a voting location.

As a Student Election Judge, high school juniors and seniors can experience elections first-hand by assisting voters at our Voter Service and Polling Centers. Students will serve alongside adult election workers on election day only during General elections, earn paid wages for their time, perform a valuable service for the community, and gain experience that looks great on a college application or résumé! 

Drive-up Tent Teams - Assignments for the 2021 Coordinated Election will be located at one of three locations on ELECTION DAY ONLY

  • Arapahoe County Administration Building - Littleton
  • Arapahoe County CentrePoint Plaza - Aurora
  • Smoky Hill Library - Centennial

The Election Day Drive-up Tent Team Judges will work outside for the duration of their shift.  They will collect ballots from voters who drive up to the drop-off location, and will securely deposit the ballots in drop-boxes.  Drive-up Tent Team shifts will be either morning, 6:30 am – 1:00 pm or afternoon, 12:45 pm – 7:15 pm.


Election Night Ballot Security – The Ballot Security Team begins their shift at the Arapahoe County Elections Warehouse.  In bipartisan teams of two (2) they depart the facility, in private vehicles, and head to 24-hour ballot drop boxes.  At 7 PM on Election Night, the Election Night Ballot Security lock up the boxes.  They then extract ballots from those boxes and bring them back to the Elections Warehouse to go through the receiving process.  Election Night Ballot Security are compensated for mileage in the event that they drive their own vehicle.  A good driving record, and reliable transportation are a must!



Contact Us

For information, please contact:
Election Judge Coordinator