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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek Announces Pay Increase For Election Judges

WHEATON, IL – DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces that all election judges will receive a pay increase for the 2022 Primary Election. Just as the County’s new election equipment is being launched, judges working on Election Day will receive nearly double in pay – from $130 to $250.

“This pay increase is long overdue,” Kaczmarek says. “It was necessary years before the ongoing pandemic and labor shortage. Our election judges were requesting a raise even back in 2005 when I was an election watchdog. I’m pleased that election judges will finally receive the salary they deserve.”

Election Day for judges is roughly 15 hours long from start to finish, with an additional hour the previous afternoon for setting up polling places. Pay will increase from about $8 per hour to over $15.

Kaczmarek made an emergency increase to the salary for election judges the week prior to the March 2020 Primary Election to keep the electoral process functioning days before the pandemic stay-at-home order. Election judges received an additional COVID-19 supplement for the 2020 General Election while vaccines were still unavailable.  This year’s raise to $250 is the first increase to the base pay rate for DuPage County election judges in decades.

“Election judges are our most precious resource. Elections cannot happen without them,” Kaczmarek adds. “We cannot thank them enough for their service.”

Citizens may apply to become an election judge by signing up on the County Clerk’s website: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/Election/JudgeApplication/