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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Become an Election Judge

Election Judges oversee the voting process and assist voters in voting. The qualifications of a Judge are: being a citizen of the United States; being a registered voter in DuPage County; being of good repute and character; being able to speak, read, and write the English language; being skilled in the four fundamental rules of arithmetic; being of good understanding and capable. A Candidate, whether one's name appears on the ballot or as a valid write-in candidate, or an elected Precinct Committeeperson is not eligible to be a Judge.

Election Judges and College Election Judges

Election Judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the Polling Place on Election Day in accordance with the law.

  • Hours:  Election Day starting at 5:00 am until approximately 9:00 pm
  • Pay:  $250 flat rate.  Supply pick-up and return is $30.00 flat rate.
  • Paychecks will be mailed 6-8 weeks after Election Day

Election Judge Responsibilities

Election judges have many responsibilities and perform several tasks on Election Day, including:

  • Complete on-line biennial and hands on equipment training classes
  • Serve in an appointed DuPage County polling location
  • Monday Night set-up of booths, tables, posters, and signs
  • Report to your polling location by 5 AM sharp
  • Setting up election equipment on Election Day
  • Opening the polling place at 6 a.m. sharp and closing it at 7 p.m.
  • Check in voters, 
  • Verifying voter qualifications
  • Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote only one time and that all votes are cast in secret,
  • Providing assistance to voters
  • Distributing the correct ballot to the voter verifying out loud the voters ballot style
  • Operating voting equipment
  • Filling out and signing all forms
  • Ensure that only the judges bringing the supplies back sign the ‘Judge of Election Supply Return Receipt’

Election Judge Qualifications

To qualify as an Election Judge in DuPage County, the individual must:

  • Be a Citizen of the United States
  • Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act
  • Be able to Speak, Read and Write the English language clearly
  • Be skilled in the 4 fundamental rules of arithmetic: Add, Subtract, Divide, and Multiply
  • Not be candidates for any office at the election and not be an elected committeeperson
  • Reside and be entitled to vote in the precinct in which they are selected to serve
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand on your feet and walk about the polling location throughout the entire day
  • Must be willing to move to other stations throughout the day, to properly serve our voters
  • Must allow voters to cast their own ballot into the Verity Scan
  • Must take and pass the online Biennial Training
  • Must attend equipment training
  • Ensure that the ballot contains a judge initial, and in red.

High School Student Election Judge 

Illinois Statutes provide the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are not entitled to vote to be appointed as Judges if they live in DuPage County and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  

  • Hours:  Election Day starting at 5:00 am until approximately 9:00 pm
  • Must complete online training course to be placed
  • Pay: $250 flat rate
  • Paychecks will be mailed 6-8 weeks after Election Day

Election Judge Applications and Forms

Submit an Election Judge Application  ** NEW ELECTION JUDGES ONLY

Submit a College Election Judge Application

Submit a Student Judge Application (PDF) 

For more information regarding Election Judge positions email:

Contact Us

For more information email the Judge Department


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