David Orr, Cook County Clerk

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Returning election judges and equipment managers as well as those who have submitted applications should use this tool to inform us of availability, sign up for training, view assignments and more.
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Township committeemen should also use this tool to assign election judges and check the status of precinct appointments.

Become an Election Judge

Every election, nearly 10,000 election judges in 1,673 suburban Cook County precincts make sure polling places run smoothly and the election is carried out honestly and accurately. Our judges take pride in serving their communities and making voters feel welcome. Join us on Election Day and become a part of this process.

For information about serving in Chicago, visit chicagoelections.com or call (312) 269-7984.

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Next Election

  • Gubernatorial Election: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Judge Qualifications

  • Be a registered voter of Cook County (Students who wish to apply should visit either our college or high school page for more information)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be fluent in English (Spanish, Chinese & Hindi bilingual judges are always needed)

Judge Responsibilities

  • Complete an online and hands-on training class
  • Set up the polling place with your fellow judges before Election Day
  • Assist voters and ensure they have the information needed to successfully cast their ballot
  • Work with fellow judges from 5 a.m. until the polls close, the result are transmitted and the voting equipment and materials have been packed away

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