Election Judges

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 MUST:

  • 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

Appointment process
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 political party.

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 a base pay of $150 for their services. An 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.

Can I 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 contact us for schedules of upcoming classes.

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 place.