March 2020 Election Judge Training
The schedules below serve as reference for current judges. All new judges must contact our office first or submit their election judge application online. Only then will we be able to accept class preferences. 847-377-2408.
Election judges are responsible for the proper and lawful conduct of the election and ensure that every person qualified to vote is permitted to vote, and that every person permitted to vote is qualified to vote. Election judges arrive at their assigned Election Day voting site no later than 5:15 AM and remain until all closing tasks are completed after the polls close at 7 PM. There are no partial or half-day work options.
- Be a registered Lake County voter;
- Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act;
- Fluently speak, read, and write the English language (English/Spanish bilingual applicants encouraged to apply);
- Be able to sit and/or stand for an extended period of time;
- Not be a candidate for any office in the election or an elected committeeman; and
- Must declare affiliation with a major political party.
Student Election JudgesJunior and senior high school students are eligible to work as election judges if currently enrolled in school, provide written permission from a parent or guardian and school principal, must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and complete Basic Training.
To be certified, judges must successfully complete a Basic Training class and skills assessment. Free training is required every two years in even-numbered years, about 4 hours in length, and offered at several locations throughout the county. Registration is required.
Judges can increase their earning power when assigned additional duties by the Lake County Clerk's after completing specialty training.
Roles and Pay
|Roles for Certified
Lake County Election Judge
Uses electronic pollbook to verify voter’s name, address, and signature. Assists voters with name and/or address changes.
Ballot Issue Judge
Confirms that each voter presents a properly completed application before issuing the correct ballot.
Ballot Box Judge
Confirms facility access and assigned election judges. Two days before Election Day, picks up election materials. Sets up the voting site on election eve with Voter Services Judge. Returns materials on Election Day after the polls close.
|Two days before,
on election eve, + Election Day
|Basic + Specialty||$180
Voter Services Judge
Assists Ballot Box Judge with voting site setup on election eve. Uses electronic pollbook and ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant equipment to assist citizens with voter registration and special circumstances.
|Election eve + Election Day||Basic + Specialty||$170
|Serving out of township||Election Day||Basic||add + $10.00
Nursing Home JudgeBring ballots to already identified nursing home residents for voting and then return to the Lake County Clerk's office.
|Thursday/Friday before Election Day + Election Day||Basic + Specialty||add + $30.00|
Early Voting Judge
Scheduled to keep the early voting sites open during the day, evening, and weekend beginning 15 days before Election Day to process voters
|15 days before Election Day (evenings & weekends) +
|Basic + Specialty||$10/hour|
Election Judge Online Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lake County election judge. Join our election judge community and be the proud face of democracy in action. It will be a rewarding experience, and your community will thank you.
Complete the online application form.
Call the Election Judge Department at 847-377-2408, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.