Election Judges help to guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. The qualifications necessary are listed below:
Who are Judges of Election?
Judges of Election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling places on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with Illinois Election Code.
How are the Judges selected?
Election Judges are chosen by the Precinct Committeemen and by the Party Chairperson of your political party. In each precinct, the party which cast the highest number 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 gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two candidates.
What are the qualifications necessary to be an Election Judge?
Be a citizen of the United States.
Be a registered voter in Douglas County.
Be of good repute and character.
Be able to speak, read and write the English language.
Be of good understanding and capable of performing duties.
Not a candidate for any office in the election, and not be a Precinct Committeeperson.
Each Election Judge is required to declare their party preference so they can be assigned accordingly.
How are Election Judges Trained?
Before each election, Judges Training Schools are held. This covers the duties and responsibilities of Election Judges. An examination which tests reading skills, ability to work with poll lists, ability to add, and knowledge of election laws governing the operation of polling places is given every two years. Judges who have attended the class and completed the test will receive $175 for their duties if they serve on Election Day.
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;
To offer instructions in the operation of voting equipment to voters
To give assistance to illiterate and physically disable voters, when requested by voter
To maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
To return election tabulation information and supplies for that precinct to the County Clerk on election night.
How may I become an Election Judge?
Contact the County Clerk’s Office by phone: Douglas County Clerk Election Division at 217-253-2442 or email to elections email address and express your interest in serving as a Judge of Election.