Election Judges

March 2020 Election Judge Training

The schedules below serve as reference for current judges. All new judges must contact our office first or submit their election judge application online. Only then will we be able to accept class preferences. 847-377-2408.

Election Judge Duties


Election judges are responsible for the proper and lawful conduct of the election and ensure that every person qualified to vote is permitted to vote, and that every person permitted to vote is qualified to vote. Election judges arrive at their assigned Election Day voting site no later than 5:15 AM and remain until all closing tasks are completed after the polls close at 7 PM. There are no partial or half-day work options.
 

Qualifications 

(10ILCS 5/13-4)
  1. Be a registered Lake County voter;
  2. Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act;
  3. Fluently speak, read, and write the English language (English/Spanish bilingual applicants encouraged to apply);
  4. Be able to sit and/or stand for an extended period of time;
  5. Not be a candidate for any office in the election or an elected committeeman; and
  6. Must declare affiliation with a major political party.

Student Election Judges

Junior and senior high school students are eligible to work as election judges if currently enrolled in school, provide written permission from a parent or guardian and school principal, must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and complete Basic Training.
  

Training


To be certified, judges must successfully complete a Basic Training class and skills assessment. Free training is required every two years in even-numbered years, about 4 hours in length, and offered at several locations throughout the county. Registration is required.
 
Judges can increase their earning power when assigned additional duties by the Lake County Clerk's after completing specialty training.

Roles and Pay


  
Roles for Certified
Lake County Election Judge
 Works       Training Requirements Earns
 

Check-In Judge


Uses electronic pollbook to verify voter’s name, address, and signature. Assists voters with name and/or address changes.
Election Day Basic $140

Ballot Issue Judge


Confirms that each voter presents a properly completed application before issuing the correct ballot.
Election Day Basic  $140

Ballot Box Judge


Confirms facility access and assigned election judges. Two days before Election Day, picks up election materials. Sets up the voting site on election eve with Voter Services Judge. Returns materials on Election Day after the polls close. 
Two days before,
on election eve, + Election Day
Basic + Specialty $180
(if assigned)

Voter Services Judge


Assists Ballot Box Judge with voting site setup on election eve. Uses electronic pollbook and ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant equipment to assist citizens with voter registration and special circumstances. 
Election eve + Election Day Basic + Specialty $170
(if assigned)
Serving out of township  Election Day  Basic add + $10.00
(if needed)

Nursing Home Judge

Bring ballots to already identified nursing home residents for voting and then return to the Lake County Clerk's office.
Thursday/Friday before Election Day + Election Day Basic + Specialty add + $30.00

Early Voting Judge


Scheduled to keep the early voting sites open during the day, evening, and weekend beginning 15 days before Election Day to process voters
15 days before Election Day (evenings & weekends) +
Election Day
Basic + Specialty $10/hour

Election Judge Online Application 


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lake County election judge. Join our election judge community and be the proud face of democracy in action. It will be a rewarding experience, and your community will thank you.

Complete the online application form

Questions?


Call the Election Judge Department at 847-377-2408, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.