Work as an Election Judge

Apply here to be an Election Judge for Champaign County!

Elections Judges are essential to ensuring that the citizens of Champaign County have fair, free, and accessible elections. They are responsible for administering the election process in the polling place on Election Day and for Early Voting. Election Judges are charged with ensuring all eligible voters are given access to the voting booth.

What Are The Qualifications To Be An Election Judge

The qualifications are listed below but by far the most important qualification to be an Election Judge is flexibility and adaptability. The training provided is extensive and detailed but Judges still need to think on their feet, troubleshoot technology, and adapt to the circumstances.

  • Have basic computer literacy and be comfortable with technology
  • Be a citizen of the United States and entitled to vote at the next election or a high school student serving as an election judge
  • Be of good and repute character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act
  • Be able to speak, read and write the English language
  • Not be a candidate for any office at the election and not be elected precinct committeemen
  • Reside in Champaign County
  • Attend the Election Judge training and pass the test

There is a 4 hour training before every election that all Election Judges must complete. Trainings are mostly online with some in-person sessions.

What Are The Duties Of An Election Judge
  • Open and close the polls
  • Be responsible for all election materials
  • Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
  • Give instructions on the method of voting when requested by a voter
  • Give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters
  • Maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
  • Tally the vote after the polls are closed
  • Tally the election results in that precinct
What Is The Requirement Of Working As An Election Judge
  • Election Judges serve from 5:00AM-9:00PM on Election Day
  • The Clerk's Office pays the Election Judge $200 for the day
High School Election Judges
  • Juniors and Seniors in high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with the permission of their parent or guardian and their principal, can serve as Election Judge.
  • They must also attend the training classes and are paid $200 for working Election Day
Apply To Be An Election Judge
  • The first step is to apply online.
  • 2-3 months before the next election the Clerk's Office will contact you with information about the required training
  • Attending the training and passing the test are required to be considered for Election Judge assignment
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