Become a Judge of Election

What is a Judge of Election?
Judges of Election are paid to manage the precinct polling place and assist voters. The job is challenging and rewarding. Judges share these responsibilities:

  • Arrive at 5 a.m. on Election Day to set up equipment;
  • Open the polls on time at 6 a.m. on Election Day;
  • Issue the correct ballots to each voter and help voters with registration and other questions, from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m.
  • Completing all reports after the polls close.

Requirements to Serve as a Judge of Election
Judges of Election must meet all of the requirements listed in the application, including being:

  • a US citizen
  • a registered voter in Cook County (if 18 or older)
  • High school (juniors and seniors) and college students don’t need to be registered to vote, but must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • able to speak, read and write English

**Sometimes - since every election is on a Tuesday - Election judges meet the late afternoon or early evening before (on Monday) to set up the equipment delivered by the Board of Elections over the weekend. "Stay time" after the election is usually a minimum of one hour (until 8pm) or until they have completely closed the site and everything has been put away.


Every election in suburban Cook County requires a team of Election Judges and Polling Place Technicians to serve voters at the polls. These poll workers are paid at a rate depending on the position they work on Election Day. Sign in here and we will direct you to the appropriate website to apply to be an Election Judge.

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