Help Guard Democracy ~
Be an ELECTION JUDGE
(INFORMATION FOR CURRENT
ELECTION JUDGES - click here)
What is a Judge of Election?
A judge of election is the official responsible for the
conduct of the election in the precinct polling place.
Judges of election are the backbone of the electoral process. The job is
challenging, interesting, and a personally rewarding experience.
Qualifications to be a Judge of Election
In order to qualify as a judge of election, an applicant
Be a citizen of the United States
Be a registered voter in the City of Bloomington
Be of good repute and character
Be able to speak, read, and write the English language
Be skilled in the four fundamentals of arithmetic (addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division)
Be of good understanding and capable
Not be a candidate for any office at the scheduled
Not be an elected precinct committeeman
Under law, the county Democratic and
Republican parties may submit a list of qualified
persons by precinct to serve as election judges for their respective parties.
The Board of Election Commissioners appoints these
persons to serve as judges of election and the circuit court then confirms
the judges not less than 28 days prior to an election.
The Board accepts applications
to be an election judge from the general public and works to fill
all vacancies. A person may file an application with the City of
Bloomington Board of Election Commissioners office or notify one of the
political party committees that he/she would like to be placed on the submittal list for that
Length of appointment
Judges of Election are appointed for a two year term.
If I serve as a Judge of Election, will I be paid?
Yes. Election judges who work the full Election Day are paid for their services.
election judge who completes the four hour training class (held in even-numbered
years) or online training can receive a higher amount of pay for working on Election Day.
See pay schedule here.
take time off from work?
Yes, most employers allow time off without loss of wages to serve as an
election judge. Please check with your employer to see what guidelines
they might have for this community service.
What kind of training will I receive?
Election judges attend a four hour training class filled with fun and
information (held only in even-numbered years). Classes are held during various day, evening and sometimes weekend hours to
meet the needs of election judges. Please call the Board of Elections at
309-888-5136 for schedules of
An online training program provides convenient
review for experienced judges and a way for new judges who have not been to
training classes to receive basic information before serving in the polling
How do I sign up to be an election judge?
To receive an information packet on how to be an election judge,
call 309-888-5136, or email our office at becvote @ becvote.org (leave out
spaces), or click here for printable
form to mail to Board of Election Commissioners.
Voters who live in McLean County outside the
City of Bloomington should contact the
McLean County Clerk
for further information.