January 31, 2014

Bilingual Voters Needed to Work Early Voting Sites, Plus Election Day

Because of the diversity of the County, the Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE recruits workers who speak dozens of languages for every election. Bilingual voters are needed both for Early Voting sites -- every day from June 12 to June 19 – and on Election Day, Tuesday, June 24.

The County places election judges who are fluent in Spanish at every polling place, in accordance with the requirements of Section 203 of the 1975 Voting Rights Act. So, BOE has a special need for voters with Spanish speaking fluency.

For more information, contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-8532, download an election judge questionnaire from www.777vote.org, or email Dr. Gilberto Zelaya at gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov.


  1. Any person who votes has obtained U.S. citizenship. They were required to pass and English test. So why are bilingual assistants needed?

    1. The Board of Elections presents this clarification. The statement that everyone must pass an English test to become a US citizen is incorrect; there are several exceptions to that requirement. The test that is given to new citizens is written in plain and simple English which may not be as comprehensive as the language used in ballot questions and other materials at the polling place. The Board of Elections provides election judges who speak other languages in each precinct in order to assist those voters for whom English is a second language. Since 2002 the Department of Justice mandates that Montgomery County comply with Section 203 of the Help America Vote Act due to the number of voters in Montgomery County reporting that Spanish is their first language and they are not fluent in English.


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