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Election Judge (Poll Worker)

WHAT ARE ELECTION JUDGES?

  • Judges of elections are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • United States Citizen
  • Able to speak, read, and write the English language
  • Not be a candidate for any office in the election 
  • Not be elected committeeperson
  • Reside in and be entitled to vote in the precinct where selected to serve as judge. However, in each precinct one judge of each party may be appointed from outside the precinct, but from within the county. All judges must be electors within the county.
  • Able to work 5 am until after the polls close at 7 pm on Election Day

QUALIFICATIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENTS:

  • United States Citizen
  • Junior or Senior in good standing enrolled in a public or private secondary school, or is a student currently enrolled in community college or a public or private Illinois university or college
  • If currently enrolled in a secondary school, has the written approval of both the principal and a parent or legal guardian
  • Has a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Has satisfactorily completed the training course for judges of election
  • Meets all other qualifications for appointment and service as an election judge
  • NOTE: No more than ONE election judge per party per precinct shall be a participant in this program.

DUTIES / TASKS:

  • Open and close the polls on Election Day
  • Responsible for all election materials
  • Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
  • Ensure that all votes are cast in secret
  • Give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter
  • Assist illiterate and physically disabled voters
  • Maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
  • Tally the vote after the polls are closed
  • Certify the election results in that precinct

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Contact your Republican Chairperson for the IL GOP, Ward/Township Committeeperson, or your election authority in your county (google “(county) election”). Express your interest in serving as an Election Judge.

TRAINING:

  • It is only required that ONE Election Judge per party per precinct be trained. However, it is best if all are trained.
  • Within SIX months of the election (primary or general) for which you wish to serve.
  • FOUR hours of instruction, including hands-on instruction.

PAY:

  • Varies (check with your county clerk)
  • Chicago: $230 if you completed training; $170 if you did not
  • Cook County: $200-$365 depending on the position (Election Judge, Polling Place Technicians, Students)
  • Will County: $90 per election, plus $60 for training (if you completed training)
  • Kankakee County: $145, plus $25 if trained on the touch screen machines.

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