Picture this: It’s November 8th and you walk into your local polling place. The only things on your mind are 1) This line needs to move faster so I can get on with my day and 2) Final thoughts about your candidate of choice. What many of us don’t realize is that this process wouldn’t be possible without the help of our local election judges. The duties of these trusted citizens goes beyond sitting at a desk, they are responsible for “ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.”
There are five election judges positioned at each polling location, 2 from one political party and 3 from the other party. Various training programs prepare judges for the following tasks:
- Setting up the voting site and equipment (as early as 5:15 am)
- Processing voter information and distributing ballots
- Assisting voters with questions, as well as aiding people with physical disabilities
- Closing the site at 7 pm and transmitting vote counts & supplies to the drop off station
How to Become a Local Election Judge
Becoming an election judge is a great way to earn some extra cash while helping the community. If you wish to serve in Cook County, simply fill out this application. Be sure to review the rules for eligibility first. Compensation depends on how much training you complete, however pay ranges from $190-$340. Click here to find your local polling location!