College Student Positions

The Cook County Clerk’s office is recruiting college students to serve in suburban polling places for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. It is a unique opportunity to provide a vital service for the community, get a behind-the-scenes look at the election process, and get paid all at the same time.

There are two positions available to students who are interested in participating: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Election Judges and Equipment Managers both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers are also responsible for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay.

  • Election Judges earn $200
  • Equipment Managers earn $340

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(Be sure to identify yourself as a college student when applying)


Both positions require that students are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Either a registered voter of Cook County OR a college student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Bilingual judges:

  • Español, हिन्दी, 中文 - always needed
Election Judge Requirements
  • Complete an online and hands-on training class.
  • Set up the polling place with your fellow judges before Election Day.
  • Voters are served from the time the polls open at 6 a.m. until they close at 7 p.m. However, election judges work together with their fellow judges from 5 a.m. on Election Day until the results are transmitted and the equipment has been packed up at the end of the night.
  • Election Judge FAQs
Equipment Manager Requirements
  • Have access to a car and a cell phone on Election Day. Complete a three-part training class and pass an open book test after each section.
  • Complete an online training course. 
  • Be willing to work outside your home area in suburban Cook County.  (NOTE: EMs will be placed as close to home as possible but in some cases may need to travel)
  • Set up the voting equipment (with assistance) the night before the election.
  • Assist voters and manage equipment from 5 a.m. until the results are transmitted and the equipment has been packed up at the end of the night. Deliver materials from your precinct to a nearby receiving station.
  • Equipment Manager FAQs

Letter for your teachers

If you have class on Election Day it is up to individual teachers to decide whether to excuse you as some classes are difficult to make up. However, the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/14-1(c)) does state that "students appointed as election judges ... shall not be counted as absent from school on the day they serve as judges." We can provide you with a letter confirming your participation and the importance of your Election Day role.

For more information, call 312.603.0988 or email us at