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Become an Election Judge

Election Judges are crucial to the electoral process. While making important decisions you will also make new friends and it is a paid position.

Judges of election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with election laws.

What are the qualifications to be a judge of election?
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be of good repute and character;
  • Be able to speak, read and write the English language;
  • Be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics;
  • Be of good understanding and capable;
  • Be a resident of and be registered to vote in the City of Galesburg;and
  • Be responsible for your transportation to and from the polling place you have been scheduled to work.
How are judges of election selected?

Judges of election are selected by the Board of Election Commissioners and are approved by their party. For each polling place, three are appointed from one of the major parties and two from the other major party.

Every even numbered, after selections are made, a report is filed in the circuit court and application is made for the election judges' confirmations and appointments by the circuit court.

As vacancies occur, the Board of Election Commissioners is responsible for filling them with a voter of the same political party.

Do judges of election receive compensation?

Yes, judges of election receive a base pay of $105.00 per election served. Those who attend a certification training session, study their manual and take a test will receive $150.00 per election.

How are judges of election trained?

The Board of Election conducts required training sessions before each election. During even numbered years, each judge receives their certification prior to the General Election.

This required course covers the duties and responsibilities of election judges and consists of four hours of class instruction, home study of the Judges' Manual and an examination.

A DVD is available for review by calling the Election Office at (309) 345-3660.

How does someone become an election judge?
If you are interested in this important civic responsibility, please contact the Board of Election Commissioners at 309-345-3660 or stop by the Election Office located in City Hall at 55 W. Tompkins St., Galesburg, IL.

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Election Judge School before the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election


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