It's Time to Sign Up to be an Election Judge!

  • By Kathy Young

The Champaign County Clerk has issued the invitation to sign up to be an Election Judge.

Participate fully in your democracy by serving as an election judge!  

Sign up on our website HERE and we will help walk you through this process.

Sign up at Election Judge Application (

Go HERE for more information.

If selected, you will be paid $200.00 for the day.

According to the County Clerk, more than half of election judges & workers are part of the aging population over 60. The Pandemic forced them to choose between participating in the election process and potential exposure to COVID. Technological changes also create the need for election judges & workers who are comfortable troubleshooting laptops & printers that have a tendency to fail.

Election Judges work in bi-partisan pairs to ensure election integrity.  This is a great way to do your part!  The Clerk’s Office provides training, but we are also planning to provide additional training.  Details will follow.

The following requirements for skills and duties were presented in a previous Newsletter, but bear repeating again:

Election Judges

Requirements to serve as an Election Judge include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen by the next election
  • Able to speak, read and write English fluently
  • Ability to use a computer and internet accurately
  • Successfully complete an election judge training course conducted by the Clerk's office
  • Reside in Champaign County
  • Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be an elected committee person

Election Judge duties Include:

  • To open and close the polls
  • To be responsible for all election materials
  • To ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
  • To ensure that all votes are cast in secret
  • To give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter
  • To give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters
  • To maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
  • To tally the vote after the polls are closed and to certify the election results in that precinct

Please let us know if you sign up at [email protected]