Election judges needed in suburbs for April contests

March 22, 2011 1:13:37 PM PDT
Besides the Chicago aldermanic runoff elections on April 5, there are races for mayor, school board members and other offices throughout Cook County, and election judges are needed in the north, northwest and western suburbs.

"This is an opportunity to serve your community, help democracy work and earn a bit of money," Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a release.

About 2,100 candidates are on ballots countywide for local offices. In suburban Cook County alone, more than 10,000 election judges make sure polling places run smoothly and elections are carried out honestly and accurately. Election judges are responsible for supervising conduct inside polling places and helping voters.

Judges can receive up to $170 per election. This includes working Election Day, successfully completing training and assisting with polling place set-up. But judges must find their own transportation to the precincts on Election Day.

Those interested can apply by calling (312) 603-0970 or online at cookcountyclerk.com/elections/electionjudges.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report