To serve as an election judge for the Board of Election Commissioners, 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.
HOURS AND DUTIES
- 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.
How do I sign up to be an election judge?
- When we receive your submission, your name will be added to the judges’ roster.
- Then you will be notified of any certification classes, online or other training or other opportunities to serve.
- 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.
Voters who live in McLean County outside the City of Bloomington should contact the McLean County Clerk for further information.