Spanish-speaking bilingual poll workers needed for March 20 Gubernatorial Primary Election

February 26, 2018
Press Release

Cook County Clerk David Orr is looking for bilingual poll workers – especially those who speak Spanish and English – to work the March 20, 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election in suburban Cook County.

“The Spanish-speaking communities of Cook County are a vital part of Chicago and its suburbs, and their participation in this important election should not be limited because of any obstacles, including language,” Orr said.

“It is important that all voters feel welcomed and supported at the polls,” the Clerk said. “We are reaching out to the community for Election Judges who are fluent in English and Spanish. The polling place can be intimidating and bewildering for new voters, especially those whose first language is not English. Bilingual Election Judges can make voters feel more comfortable with the ballot and the voting process.”

Election Judges receive $190 for completing a 3-hour training session and working on Election Day, from 5 a.m. until the votes are transmitted after the polls close at 7 p.m. Equipment Managers have more duties and responsibilities, have to take part in additional training and must set up voting equipment before Election Day. They are paid $340.

More information on becoming a poll worker can be found on the Clerk’s website, To qualify, prospective poll workers must be a registered voter and live in Cook County.  

Those interested in serving on Election Day must complete an online application or call (312) 603-0970. People who are interested in serving as a poll worker are urged to do so as soon as possible, to allow time for the required training.