David Orr, Cook County Clerk
         

Appointment and Placement

State law requires local party officials —  township committeemen who represent the Democratic and Republican parties —  appoint and place election judges.

Upon receiving your application, the Clerk's office will forward the information to your party's local township committeeman, who will then contact you. The Clerk's office will fill any open positions 45 days before an election.

Party affiliation

State law requires that election judges represent either the Democratic or Republican party on Election Day. Five election judges are assigned to a precinct or polling place. Previous precinct election results determine if more Democratic or Republican judges serve in a precinct.

Length of term

Election judges are expected to serve in all elections (usually three) within a two-year term. At the end of the two years, all election judges must be re-commissioned by the committeemen for another term.