Poll workers needed for June 28 primary election

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Precinct 44 officials in Lansing (from left) Keyanna Turner, Dianne Simmons, and Michele Davis at the end of a long election day on November 3, 2020. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Information provided by the Cook County Clerk’s Office

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 14, 2022) – Suburban voters can participate in local democracy and earn some cash in the process by registering to serve as an election judge for the Cook County Clerk’s Office in the June 28, 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough is encouraging all residents to consider serving as an election judge or polling place technician to work on Election Day. The Clerk’s Office administers elections in all Cook County suburbs and has 1,430 precincts that will require staffing with multiple election judges. Election judges are paid $200 and polling place technicians are paid $365. The Clerk’s Office provides training for both positions.

The Clerk’s Office is also putting out a call to encourage high school and college students to consider serving as judges as well as residents who are bilingual.

“Our judges are the gatekeepers for election operations and their work is critically important to keeping election day operations running smoothly,” said Yarbrough. “They are also the unsung heroes of our democratic process who provide a vital public service to voters on Election Day.”

The two judge positions available include:

  • Election judge: These judges greet voters, sign them in and work together to ensure the polling place is running smoothly and voters are properly served. This position earns $200.
  • Polling place technician: Technicians work with election judges to check supplies and equipment and assist with the setup, maintenance, and breakdown of election equipment. Due to the additional equipment responsibilities, polling place technicians receive additional training and earn $365.

Election judges must be a registered Cook County voter or an eligible college or high school student (16 or older). The Clerk’s Office is also in need of bilingual election judges in many precincts with high concentrations of Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Gujarati, Urdu, and Arabic-speaking voters who are not proficient in English and may need special assistance at the polls.

Anyone who wishes to serve on Election Day is encouraged to apply as soon as possible, so they will have time to take a required training class that best fits their schedule. Prospective Election Day workers can apply online at cookcountyclerk.com/work.

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