Should you let people vote before the police are there?
There is no requirement for police to be at a polling place.
They should be allowed to vote when the polls are legally open until closed (7am-8pm?).
If for a primary, you should let all the votes in as possible. Unless your precinct is unusually heavy in supporting an anti-candidate. Then try to minimize votes accepted in the absentee ballot process.
If for a gen election, the games start after the polls are closed, when the absentee ballots are accepted or rejected.
Depending on the political makeup of the district, this may include keeping out ballots or making sure that they are accepted. If from overseas (servicemen), democrats will often try to exclude them~your job is to insure that they do get counted.
And you are a judge. If you think that a person is doing something illegal, you direct the officer to either a) boot them out or away or b) order the cop to arrest. You do not need anyone's permission.
I've never ordered anyone's arrest but did order people to stay away or they would be arrested (mainly folks hanging around right outside the door to the polling place~for the people I was opposed to~ people I liked, I let them ~up to the other judges if they wanted to make an issue out of it).
I tossed as many non-overseas ballots from the absentee ballots from being counted as I could. I was always a judge in heavily democratic precincts.
I never had to boot out any voter. I don't know if there is any law that a voter must be sober lol.
You should talk to the other gop judge and make sure you're on the same page. There's a reason why gop and democrats judges are there ~ its a political position.
You are free to OC but your primary goal is to aid your party.