The Illinois primary election is just about two months away and several county election officials are in need of help. Election judges, or the lack of, is a growing concern. More citizens need to step up. Numbers are low in several counties. Iroquois County has been in need of Democratic judges in recent years.
The State Board of Elections reports counties are finding ways to fill the gaps. “It’s certainly been an issue in previous years of finding enough election judges but I think election jurisdictions have done a good job in trying to employ the student election judge process, ” said Brian Pryor, Deputy Director of Election Operations. He says more are always needed.
County clerks say high school student election judges are great assets to election teams because their knowledge of technology transfers well into the future of voting. Judges are paid quite well for their services on election day. Responsibilities include training and manning election precinct sites and of course, delivering ballots to election headquarters for tabulation.