Langdon D. Neal, Chairman
Richard A. Cowen, Secretary/Commissioner
Marisel A. Hernandez, Commissioner
Lance Gough, Executive Director
Kelly Bateman, Asst. Executive Director
Wanted: Bilingual Judges of Election to Serve at March 18, 2014 Primary
The Board of Election Commissioners is seeking U.S. citizens who are registered to vote in Cook County and who are qualified to serve as bilingual judges of election in various Chicago precincts on Tues., March 18, 2014. Specifically, the Board is seeking those who are fluent and capable in:
If you meet these and all of requirements listed below and can serve in Chicago on March 18, please call 312-269-7984.
Judge of Election Application Form - Click Here
March 6, 2014 is the deadline for the Board to receive applications from bilingual judges.
What are Judges of Election?
Judges of election are the officials who are responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. The judges of election are the backbone of the electoral process. Their jobs are challenging, interesting and personally rewarding.
In each precinct, the judges share in responsibilities, duties and authorities that include:
(1) Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 a.m. on Election Day;
(2) Conducting a fair, impartial and secure election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(3) Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting the results to Election Central after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Requirements to Serve as a Judge of Election
Judges of Election must meet all of these requirements. Judges of Election must:
- Be registered voters in Cook County (U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age);
- Be able to speak, read and write English;
- Be able to perform basic math;
- Be of good understanding and capable;
- Not be a committeeman, precinct captain or candidate and must agree not to serve as a judge if they become one;
- Notify the Board of Elections if a person who shares his or her residence becomes a candidate, and must not serve as a judge in that election in any precinct where that candidate is on the ballot;
- Be of good repute and character and not a registered sex offender anywhere in the United States and not have committed a crime that would require registering as a sex offender anywhere in the United States;
- Agree that if the judge applicant is removed as an election judge due to misbehavior, neglect of duty or other cause, the person will not be paid for training or election day service;
- Agree that if a person fails to perform all of the services required of a judge, the compensation may be reduced accordingly;
- Agree that by law, the name, address and party affiliation are subject to public disclosure; and,
- Agree that the Board of Elections may use any personal data provided in the Judge Application for the Board's internal operations.
Application to Serve as Judge of Election
The NEW Judge of Election application is available here. This application is for the two-year term that starts with the 2012 General Election. (NOTE: This form may not be used for those participating in the High School Student Judge program. Please refer to the information below on the Student Judge program.)
Be sure to include your:
- Home Address
- Home Ward
The Democratic or Republican committeeperson in each ward has the ability to assign qualified judges for their respective parties for each precinct in that ward. Judge of Election applications without the signature of a committeeperson will be considered: (1) if there are vacancies not filled by the local committeeperson on or before the 45th day prior to Election Day; (2) if the prospective Judge of Election is willing to work in another precinct if all of the judge positions are filled in his or her home precinct.
Mail completed forms to:
ATTN: JUDGES DEPARTMENT
CHICAGO ELECTION BOARD
69 W WASHINGTON ST STE 600
CHICAGO IL 60602-3006
Judges of Election are paid $170 only upon completion of training and service on Election Day. Returning judges who have previously completed training also receive $25 more for taking refresher training.
Judges are strongly encouraged to attend training sessions ahead of the March 2014 Primary to learn about the new NEW ELECTRONIC POLL BOOKS which will be used to check in voters at the March 2014 Primary.
Extra compensation is also paid to judges who:
- Pick up the Election Judge key envelope on either the Saturday or Sunday prior to Election Day;
- Allow the use of the judge's cell phone (by all judges within the polling place) on Election Day;
- Return the election materials to a receiving station on election night (to be determined by all judges on Election Day.)
- Serve additional days in absentee voting, nursing-home voting or in post-election counting activities in the warehouse.
Income earned by election judges and other election workers is subject to federal income tax; however, such income is not subject to income tax withholding. Those few election judges and election workers who earn $600 or more in any calendar year for multiple election assignments will receive an IRS Form W-2 at the end of the year. Election judges and election workers who also are employed by the City of Chicago or the County of Cook will receive a Form W-2 that will include income earned for election duties even if less than $600 annually. All individuals who may be eligible to receive a Form W-2 must complete and submit to the Board IRS Form W-4. Click here for the IRS Form W-4.
Training & Instructional Materials
NEW: Updated with Electronic Poll Book (E-Poll Book) Instructions
Table of Contents & E-PollBook Instructions
Chapter 1 - Information About Judges of Election and Polling Place Administrators
Chapter 2 - Who's Allowed in the Polling Place
Chapter 3 - Voting Equipment
Chapter 4 - Check Election Supplies
Chapter 5 - Setting Up the Polling Place
Chapter 6 - During Voting Hours
Chapter 7 - Closing the Polls
Glossary of Election Terms
Troubleshooting Balloting Equipment
High School & College Student Judges of Election
NOTE: Currently, all Student Judge of Election positions for the March 18, 2014 Primary have been filled. We will offer the application again on this web page in the fall ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.
The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago is proud to lead the United States in hiring high school and college students to serve as judges and many college-age students to provide technical support. In recent elections, more than 4,000 students have helped administer elections in Chicago.
High School and College Student Judges of Election hold the same responsibilities and authority and receive the same pay as other Judges of Election. Students may begin to serve as early as their junior year in high school, even before they are registered to vote, so long as they have a 3.0 grade-point average, sign-off from a parent/guardian and sign-off from a principal/college advisor.