CHICAGO — The city is hiring election judges to staff polling stations, particularly on the North Side, where more spots are still open.
Election judges arrive at 5 a.m. on Election Day — Feb. 26 — to set up the equipment, open the polls at 6 a.m., issue ballots and help voters with questions until polling is over. They also complete results reports after the polls close, according to the Board of Election Commissioners’ website.
Judges are paid $200 total for working on Election Day and completing four hours of training. Bonuses will be available to judges who do other tasks, like process vote-by-mail ballots and pick up the election judge key envelope a week before Election Day.
Judges must be registered voters in Cook County and must be able to speak, write and read English, among other requirements.
Applications can be filled out online or mailed in. Most vacancies are in precincts on the North Side, according to a spokesman for the Board of Election Commissioners.