Republicans, bilingual voters encouraged to serve
Election Judges and Equipment Managers are needed to serve throughout suburban Cook County for the April 4 Consolidated Election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Wednesday.
Applicants must complete the required training, set up the voting equipment the night before Election Day and serve from 5 a.m. until the results are transmitted and the equipment has been packed on election night.
Orr stressed that while Presidential and Gubernatorial elections may garner the most attention and get higher turnout from voters, municipal and school board elections are vitally important to local communities, and poll workers are a key component in ensuring these elections run smoothly.
Voters in more than 120 municipalities and 140 school districts will take part in the April 4 Consolidated Election.
“Local elections are just as important as national and statewide elections,” Orr said. “The people who are elected to local office make decisions that affect suburban Cook County residents every day – be it determining the size of school, park, or fire district budgets, or how local governments respond to constituents. The poll workers serve a vital role in this election process.”
There are two positions available: Election Judge and Equipment Manager. Both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers have greater responsibility for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Election Judges earn $190 and Equipment Managers earn $340. Due to the additional responsibilities, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay.
There is a particular need for poll workers in the northern and western suburbs. Openings in the south suburbs are limited.
Anyone who wishes to serve on Election Day is encouraged to apply soon, so they will have time to take part in training classes. Prospective Election Day workers can apply online, at: cookcountyclerk.com/judges or by calling (312) 603-0970.