The Cook County Clerk's office is recruiting community members to serve as suburban poll workers for the Nov. 8th Presidential Election! It is a great opportunity to get paid for supporting the democratic process and serving your community. Judges are an essential part of the
democratic process who make sure fellow voters can cast their ballots. Election Judges assist voters
and work with their fellow judges to ensure the polling place is running smoothly.
Poll workers are paid $175 or $325 based on the position they choose. Those who are interested should visit cookcountyclerk.com/judges or call 312-603-0965 to learn more and submit an application.
Below is a brief rundown of the position and its requirements.
What are the general requirements?
How much does it pay?
- Be a U.S. citizen and a registered Cook County voter.
What are the training requirements?
- Election judges are paid $175 to complete hands-on and online training
and serve on Election Day. Election judges are paid an extra $25 for completing an additional epollbook
When and where are the trainings?
- Election judges are required to take a hands-on training class
that lasts roughly 3.5 hours. They must pass an open-book training at the end of the class. Election judges are also required to take an online training that they can complete on their own schedule; it takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Judges are also encouraged to take a 2-hour in-person epollbook training.
How do I select my training?
- Trainings are held throughout suburban Cook County and offered in the afternoon, evening and on weekends.
What are the Election Day requirements?
- After applying, judges will receive login instructions for our online
portal where all the available trainings will be posted. Judges choose the dates and times they want to attend training.
Where will I be assigned?
- On Election Day, polling places are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. However judges work together from 5 a.m. until the polls have closed and the polling place has been broken down, the election results have been transmitted to the Clerk's office, and all the election materials have been properly packed away. Many judges complete the process by 8
p.m. but there are polling places that do take longer to pack up.
Please note: Judges are also required to set up their polling place before Election Day with their
fellow judges at an agreed-upon time. This is usually done on the Monday night before the election.
Set up usually takes about 90 minutes.
Do I have to select a party?
- We try to place judges as close to home as possible but we are often
unable to place people in their home precincts. In the rare event that a judge is needed to work outside of their home township, they will be asked in advance whether this is possible.
- While Illinoisans do not register by party, state law requires election
judges to designate Republican or Democrat to ensure a bipartisan balance. On Election Day, judges work together as a team regardless of party.