Chicagoans cast their votes at St. Hyacinth School in Avondale during the midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — The city critically needs poll workers for the Feb. 28 election — and it’s a paid position.

Election judges operate polling locations, assist voters who come in and complete the reports once polls close. They can make up to $255 for the day, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners’ website.

The city is still looking for election judges for Election Day. Eligible people can apply to be election judges online

Judges must arrive at 5 a.m. on election day, which is Feb. 28, to set up equipment. They will leave once the reports are completed after the polls close at 7 p.m., according to the elections board. 

Judges who work election day but don’t attend an in-person training class will make $170. Those who work and attend the class will make $230, and returning election judges will make $255. 

Election Judge Requirements

  • Judges must be U.S. citizens.
  • Judges must be registered voters in Cook County if they are 18 or older. 
  • Judges must be able to speak, read and write in English. Bilingual judges — especially those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean or Tagalog — are encouraged to apply right away, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. 
  • High school and college students can apply, but they must complete the training program and must have a GPA of at least 30.

More information about becoming an election judge is available online.