Election Judge - Online Training - Available mid-March
Election Judge Duties
In the voting site from 5:15 AM until the voting sites close at 7:00 PM, and all closing work is complete, election judges are responsible for the proper and lawful conduct of the election. Election judges are commissioned as officers of the Circuit Court and must take an oath to uphold the constitutions of the United States and the State of Illinois in the performance of their duties.
Election judges ensure that every person qualified to vote is permitted to vote and that every person permitted to vote is qualified to vote.
Qualifications to be an Election Judge (10ILCS 5/13-4)
- Be a citizen of the United States and entitled to vote at the next election or be a high school junior/senior in good standing or a student enrolled in a Lake County public, community college or private secondary school.
- Be of good repute and character.
- Be able to speak, read and write the English language.
- Be skilled in the four fundamental rules (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) of arithmetic.
- Be of good understanding and capable to perform his/her duties.
- Be neither a candidate for any office at the election nor an elected precinct committeeman.
How Do I Learn What Election Judges Do?
There are no fees for classes. They are offered at several convenient locations throughout the county.
- Introductory Training is valid for a two-year period. It provides an overview of the legal and procedural requirements, as well as hands-on experience processing a voter. Registration is required. Call 847.377.2408.
- Advanced Training is for judges who have completed the Introductory Training. Illinois requires attending training every two (2) years to maintain trained status.
- Optional Online Training is offered to trained judges for review of election procedures from a home or library computer with Internet access.
- Laptop Judge Training is to certify judges in the setup and use of ADA equipment and use of laptop computer to assist voters with completion of affidavits and processing provisional voters. Completion of Introductory Training required.
- Ballot Box Judge Training is to certify judges on operating the Ballot Counter for the voting site. Registration is required.
Are Election Judges Paid?
Judges who have not attended training earn $80.00 for each election served. Judges who maintain a trained status (every two years) receive $140.00.
Additional pay can be earned for taking on extra responsibilities before and on Election Day. (See Pay Rate Schedule below.)
| Base Pay (no training)
|| $ 80.00 |
| Introductory or Advanced Training (every other year)
| Optional On-Line Review Training*
|| $ 10.00 |
| Certified Ballot Box Judge (if assigned)
|| $ 40.00 |
| Certified Laptop Judge (if assigned)
|| $ 20.00 |
| Judge serving out of township (if needed)
|| $ 25.00 |
| Trained Nursing Home Judge**
|| $ 50.00 |
* $10.00 additional for completing and passing on-line training.
** Nursing home judges must serve on Friday or Saturday before Election Day, as well as Election Day.
What About Party Affiliation?
Election judges at each voting site represent the two major political parties. When five judges are required, three persons of the same political party serve. When three election judges are required, only two of the same political party serve. (10ILCS5/13-1)
Who Selects Election Judges?
In the spring of even-numbered years, the County Board approves election judges from certified lists furnished by the Lake County Central Committee Chairman for each party. All judges are designated as either Regular or Alternate.
How Will I Know if I am to Serve?
All regular judges who indicate availability for an election within the availability deadline, receive a scheduling notice from the Lake County Clerk's Elections Department.
This mailing lists the name and address of the voting site where they are to serve. When regular judges are not available to serve, alternate judges who are available are scheduled to serve.
The lists are submitted to the Circuit Court for comment. If no objections are filed, election judges are commissioned as Officers of the Court for two years. The County Clerk's office mails each election judge an Election Judge Commission certificate.
Election Judge Online Application
If you wish to serve as an election judge in Lake County, complete the online form. Any questions? See our web page with detailed information on being an election judge or send us an email. You can also call 847.377.2408, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
Thank you for your interest in being a Lake County election judge!