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.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN ELECTION JUDGE?
- Be a citizen of the United States and entitle to vote at the next election.
- Be of good repute and character.
- Junior/Senior High School students who are in good standing or students enrolled in a public or private secondary school in Grundy County.
- 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 a precinct committeeman.
- 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
- Judges arrive at the polling location no later than 5:15 a.m. on election morning and stay until closing procedures are completed after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.
HOW ARE JUDGES SELECTED?
In the spring of even-numbered years, the Grundy County Board approves election judges from certified lists furnished by the Grundy County Central Committee Chairman for each party. All judges are either designated regular or supplemental.
The lists are submitted to the Circuit court. If no objections are filed, the circuit court confirms the appointment and the election judges are commissioned as Officers of the Court for two years. Individuals who are commissioned, are obligated to be available for each election during that 2 year period.
WHAT ABOUT PARTY AFFILIATION?
Election Judges represent the two major political parties. Individuals must declare a party (Democrat or Republican) in order to become a judge. The party which cast the highest average of votes, at the most recent, three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three judges; the party which casts the second highest number of votes, at the most recent, three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two judges.
HOW ARE JUDGES TRAINED?
Before each election, and judges of election 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.
Illinois election law requires all judges to attend training every two years in even-numbered years.
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
- Returning the election equipment, supplies and ballots night of election
- Nursing Home Judge on the Friday before an election
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 student election judge per party per precinct shall be a participant in aforementioned program.
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.