Become an Election Judge

To serve as an election judge for the Bloomington Election Commission, you must:

  • Be a registered voter in the City of Bloomington, or a qualified high school or college student.
  • Not be subject to the registration requirements of the Sex Offender Registration Act in Illinois.

How do I sign up to be an election judge?

If you would like to be an election judge, please read the brochure.

We will be accepting Election Judge applications at the beginning of 2022.

  • Please note on your calendar the date of the next election. You will receive a Notice to Serve about 60 days prior to Election Day.
  • Then you will be notified of any certification classes, online or other training or other opportunities to serve.


  • Work on Election Day from 5:15 a.m. until the election is over, perhaps until 9:00 p.m. or later.
  • Help with polling place set-up the night before the election.


  • Training is NOT required, but is very helpful to learn election laws and how to operate the equipment. Training is optional – your choice.
  • 4-hour certification training class as required by law is offered in even-numbered years. Only judges who complete the 4-hour classroom training are certified.
  • Online review programs may be available before each election.
  • Different pay rates may be given according to training completed.


  • The base rate of $150.00 is given for working in the polls on Election Day.  An additional $50 is added to the base rate for completing training.
  • There may be other jobs such as nursing home voting, polling place coordinator, early voting judge, or field representative, for additional pay.  Current pay rates for this other jobs is $11 per hour.


  • Election judges usually work in their own polling places.
  • HOWEVER, some judges may be asked to serve in a different polling place if there are openings in other areas.

Voters who live in McLean County outside the City of Bloomington should contact the McLean County Clerk for further information.