MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula County Elections Office has reached only 73% of its recruitment goal for the 2014 and 2015 elections cycle. Reaching the recruitment goal is critical to reducing wait times for voters at polling places and the elections center on Election Day.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of recruiting an adequate number of judges to work on Election Day for the next two years. It’s a big commitment, but it’s also very rewarding. Without enough election judges, we’ll see longer lines for people registering to vote on Election Day and for those voters voting at the polls,” says Elections Coordinator Rebecca Connors. “We need reliable, friendly staff to help those voters participating in our democracy.”

The Elections Office has worked diligently to increase awareness of the need for election judges this year and has produced several videos about the value of serving as an election judge. Anyone registered to vote in Missoula County and who is enthusiastic about the voting process can apply. Training classes have already begun and will run through the month of February. Call the Elections Office at 258-4751 or visit their website – www.missoulavotes.com – to learn more and sign up for training classes. Election judges are compensated for their time on Election Day and for the time they spend in training.

This release was sent out by Missoula County Elections Coordinator.