Cook County Clerk David Orr is seeking to recruit nearly 1,000 new election judges needed to work during the November 2 presidential election in several suburban townships.
“Election judges play a vital role on Election Day in making sure that polling place operations run smoothly, and that elections are carried out fairly, honestly and accurately,” Orr said. “A full complement of judges helps Election Day run more efficiently.”
Election judges are needed in the following townships (party affiliation is noted): Cicero (Democrats); Hanover (Republicans); Lyons (Republicans); Oak Park (both parties); Orland Park (both parties); Palatine (Republicans); Palos (both parties); Proviso (Republicans); Thornton (both parties); Wheeling (Republicans); and Worth (both parties).
In addition, bilingual election judges from both parties who speak English and Spanish are needed in the following townships: Berwyn, Hanover, Proviso, and Thornton. Individuals should indicate if they are fluent in Spanish when they apply.
More than 12,000 Democratic and Republican election judges are needed to fully staff the 2,402 precincts in suburban Cook County every election. Ideally, five judges work in each precinct.
Election judges receive a total of $150 for their work. That includes $100 for working Election Day and $50 for attending a two-hour and fifteen-minute training session prior to the election. Judges begin work at 5:15 a.m. and work until the precinct votes are transmitted after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Qualified individuals can now sign up to become judges online by visiting the "Programs" section of the Clerk’s election website – www.voterinfonet.com – and filling out an application online. People interested in serving can also call (312) 603-0964 or (312) 603-0965 to sign up.
To qualify as an election judge, you must be a registered voter and live in Cook County.
Election judges open polling places, certify that voters are registered and qualified to vote, explain election procedures, demonstrate proper voting technique, operate election equipment and transmit the votes at the end of the day.