Judges of Election
– 10 ILCS 5/13, 5/14
The Grundy County Clerk is the chief Election Official for the County. We are always looking for people who are interested in serving as Judges of Election. They are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.
Election Judge Training Dates: September 20th, 21st,and 22nd. Times to be determined.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY TO BECOME AN ELECTION JUDGE?
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act
- Be able to speak, read and write the English language
- Be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics
- Be of good understanding and capable
- Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be elected committeeman
- Reside in and entitled to vote in the precinct where selected to serve as judge. However, in each precinct one judge of each party may be appointed from outside the precinct, but from within the county. All judges must be electors within the county
- Declare Party preference
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DUTIES OF THE JUDGES OF ELECTION?
- To open and close the polls
- To be responsible for all election materials
- To ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
- To ensure that all votes are cast in secret
- To give instruction in the method of voting when requested by a voter
- To give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters
- To maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
- To tally the vote after the polls are closed; and to certify the election results in that precinct
HOW ARE JUDGES SELECTED?
Judges of election are selected by the county board from lists furnished by the chairman of the county central committees of the two leading political parties. 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 which cast the highest average number of votes at the most recent three gubernatorial elections in the each precinct, shall be represented by three judges. The party which cast the second highest number of votes at the three most recent gubernatorial elections in each precinct shall be represented by two judges.
A certified list of people who wish to serve as an election judge is given to the county clerk. The clerk files the list with the circuit clerk. The circuit court confirms the appointment of the election judges for a 2 year term of service.
An individual commissioned to serve as an election judge is obligated to be available for each election during that 2 year period.
In addition to the 5 appointed election judges, supplemental election judges are appointed and commissioned in the same manner.
Contact your party chairman, precinct committeeman or the county clerk to express your interest in serving as a Judge of Election.
HOW ARE JUDGES TRAINED?
Before each election, and judges of election judge training schools are held. The class covers the duties and responsibilities of election, overview and instruction of the equipment used during the election, update on laws passed. A test is given at the end of the class.
As part of training, election judges are given an “Election Judge manual. They are encouraged to review the information prior to the election.
In Grundy County, Judges earn $140.00 for each election served. Judges who attend a training class and take the test, once every 2 years, receive an additional $40.00 for each election served.
Additional pay can be earned by performing the following duties:
Early Voting Judge working a weekday will make $8.00 an hour.
Early Voting Judge working a weekend will make $9.00 an hour.
Judges are paid within 1 month after the election. W-2 form is not issued. It is the responsibility of each election judge to report the earnings based on IRS requirements.
CAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SERVE AS JUDGES?
Yes. An the Grundy County Clerk has an established program to permit a person who is not entitled to vote to serve as an election judge. The individual must meet the following requirements:
- Is a citizen of the United States
- Is a junior or senior in good standing enrolled in a public or private secondary school; has the written approval of both the principal and a parent or legal guardian
- Has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Has satisfactorily completed the training course for judges of election
- Meets all other qualifications for appointment and service as an election judge
- Be able to work on Election Day beginning at 5:00 am through the close of polls close and when all duties are completed
NOTE: Not more than one election judge per party per precinct shall be a participant in
Student election judges are not allowed to be one of the 2 judges to return ballots and supplies to the courthouse at the end of the night.
If you are interested in acquiring a lifelong appreciation of the electoral process and wish to serve as a student election download, complete and return the application to the Grundy County Clerk’s office.