• Pride in guaranteeing the integrity & security of our local elections.
  • $200 base pay, includes training, when appointed to serve on Election Day.
  • Ability to earn additional pay for extra responsibilities

Responsibilities

  • Open and close the polls;
  • Be responsible for all election materials;
  • Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once;
  • Ensure that all votes are cast in secret;
  • Give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter;
  • Give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters;
  • Maintain order in the polling place throughout the day;
  • Tally the vote after the polls are closed; and to certify the election results in that precinct.

HOW ARE JUDGES SELECTED?

In national, state, county, township and municipal elections, judges of election are selected by the county board, or if appropriate, the board of elections commissioners, from lists furnished by the chairmen of the county central committees of the two leading political parties, or the township committeemen. Generally, each polling place has three judges appointed from one party and two judges appointed from the other party.

In precincts under the jurisdiction of the county clerk, the party that cast the highest average number of votes at the most recent three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three judges; the party that cast the second highest number of votes at the three most recent gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two judges.

Under the jurisdiction of the board of elections commissioners, the two leading political parties alternate having majority representation. One party is represented by three judges of election in each of the odd-numbered precincts and by two judges of election in each of the even-numbered precincts; the other party is represented by three judges in each of the even-numbered precincts and by two judges in each of the odd-numbered precincts.

After selections are made, a report is filed in the circuit court and an application is made for judges’ confirmation and appointment by the circuit court.

HOW ARE JUDGES TRAINED?

In each precinct at least one judge representing each political party must be certified as having satisfactorily completed, within the preceding six months, a training course and examination for judges of election. This required course covers the duties and responsibilities of election and consists of at least four hours of instruction and an examination to test reading skills, ability to work with poll lists, ability to add, and knowledge of election laws governing the operation of polling places.