Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago

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Langdon D. Neal, Chairman
Richard A. Cowen, Secretary/Commissioner
Marisel A. Hernandez, Commissioner

Lance Gough, Executive Director
Kelly Bateman, Asst. Executive Director

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Student Judges of Election

Currently, all Student Judge of Election positions for the March 18, 2014 Primary have been filled.  Applications will be available on this web page in September ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.

What are Student Judges of Election?
High School and College Student Judges of election are among the officials responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place.  High School Student Judges and College Student Judges hold the same authorities and responsibilities as other judges serving in the precinct.

Judges of election are the backbone of the electoral process. Judges of election set up equipment, check in voters, issue ballots, resolve voter questions and consolidate and report results after the polls close.  The job is challenging, interesting and a personally rewarding experience.

Qualifications for HIGH SCHOOL Student Judges
In order to qualify as a student judge, an applicant must:
1. Be a high school junior or senior in good standing;
2. Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
3. Be a U.S. citizen by Election Day;
4. Be able to read, write, and speak English;
5. Successfully complete a 4-hour training session;
6. Be able to work on Election Day beginning at 5 a.m. until all duties are completed after the polls close;
7. Be recommended by his/her high school principal;
8. Have the written approval of his/her parent or legal guardian.
9. Meet any other qualifications set by law.

Currently, all positions for the March 18, 2014 Primary have been filled. We will offer the application again on this web page in September ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.

A student judge does not have to be a registered voter. Students appointed as election judges will not be counted as absent from school on the day of the election.

Qualifications for COLLEGE Student Judges
In order to qualify as a college student judge, an applicant must:
1. Be a student in good standing at a College or University in Cook County;
2. Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
3. Be a U.S. citizen by Election Day;
4. Be able to read, write, and speak English;
5. Successfully complete a 4-hour training session;
6. Be able to work on Election Day beginning at 5 a.m. until all duties are completed after the polls close;
7. Be recommended by his/her college dean, department head or adviser.
8. Meet all other qualifications under law.

Any person interested in serving as a college student judge must complete the application process.

A college student judge needs to be registered to vote at his or her college address or home address.

Number of Judges in Each Precinct
Five judges of election are appointed in each precinct. In odd numbered precincts, there are three Republican judges and two Democratic judges. In even numbered precincts, there are three Democratic judges and two Republican judges. In precincts with a large number of registered voters, additional judges may be appointed. Only one student judge per political party may be assigned to any precinct. Additional bilingual judges may be assigned in precincts designated under the Voting Rights Act for language assistance.

Instruction and Training
State election law requires judges of election to complete four hours of training in order to receive extra compensation when serving on Election Day.  A four-hour training session is held prior to each election. A student judge must attend and satisfactorily complete the course in order to serve on Election Day.

Printed instructional materials, including a Judge of Election Handbook, exam and training supplements are provided to all judges of election.

Responsibilities of Student Judges
Student judges have the same responsibilities, duties, and authority as other election judges. These responsibilities and duties include:
1. Setting up voting equipment at 5 a.m. on Election Day;
2. Conducting a fair and impartial election in the precinct polling place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct after the polls close at 7 p.m.

Application Forms

Applications and permission forms for High School Judges of Election the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election will be available at this site in September.

Applications for College Student Judges for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election will be available at this site in September.

Salary
A student judge is paid the same salary as other judges of election, which is $125 for serving on Election Day. In addition, once the student judge serves on Election Day, the student judge will receive an extra $45 for attending and completing the required training session.

This information is provided only in English as all judges of election, by law, must be able to read, speak and write English.

Important Phone Numbers
General Information ..............................(312) 269-7900
Judges Department  .............................(312) 269-7984
TTY for hearing impaired only ..............(312) 269-0027