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Healthy And Out Of Work? Make Up To $255 As An Election Judge Tuesday

Despite the closure of schools, restaurants, courthouses and other businesses, polling places will be open on Election Day — and officials badly need judges.

Chicagoans vote on Feb. 26, 2019.
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CHICAGO — If you’re in good health and have not recently traveled out of the country, the Chicago Board of Elections wants to hear from you.

The organization is still seeking Election Day judges to monitor polling places across the city for Tuesday’s primary, and they’re offering more money than usual to get folks on board.

Returning judges can now receive up to $255, provided they’ve completed the new training on election equipment for 2020 and can serve the entire day. Returning judges who didn’t complete the previous training and first-time judges who have completed training on the new election equipment and can work the entire day will receive $230

Standby judges who have done the in-person training can receive $200, and standby or replacement judges who haven’t can still make $170.

The board of elections has made all training materials available online. To sign up to be a judge, click here.

So far, 500 residents have offered to become standby judges, according BOE spokesperson James Allen. As of Sunday, however, there was still a shortage of judges.

Despite the closure of schools, restaurants, courthouses and other businesses, polling places will be open on Election Day and officials are urging people to show up early to avoid crowds.

Polling places will offer voters hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and screen wipes, a protocol that has been in place since early voting started March 1, Allen said.

Some polling places have been moved due to coronavirus precautions. To find your polling place, click here. For our full voting guide, click here.