Earn $350 as a Chicago Election Coordinator.
The next elections are:
|Gubernatorial Primary Election||March 20, 2018|
|Gubernatorial General Election||November 6, 2018|
About Election Coordinators and Judges
There is a shortage of Election Judges and Election Coordinators for the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 20. The shortage is most acute in many North side wards including the 42nd, 43rd-50th, 41st, 1st, 36th and 38th. There is no shortage on the South side below Pershing Road (3900S).
I served as an Election Coordinator during the Primary Election and the General Election in 2016. I detail my experience below. I spent a total of about 28 hours training, studying and working for each election.
The pay was $500 now it’s $350
I’m sure it has to do with the City/County’s financial issues because the pay was reduced! In both elections I received my pay a few weeks after the election via check. Election Judges have less responsibility and are paid between $140 (plus $50 if you complete the training) to +$200 for additional duties. Register to serve here.
Is it worth it?
As the Election Coordinator I was on my feet most of the election (5AM-9PM) fixing broken equipment, calling for supplies, dealing with belligerent voters who try to vote in Chicago when they live in other states, answering questions, moving people around, procuring food etc. On an hourly basis the pay is very very low but there are worse ways to earn a few bucks. I personally view it as my civic duty.
Why not take a paid day off (if you’re lucky enough to have that employee benefit), do your civic duty and earn some extra money?
Registration and request your ward and precinct
Registration is online and you can request (based on availability) to serve not only in your ward but also in your precinct. Find your ward and precinct here (you have to be a registered voter for this database to work). Once you complete the training you can call to request your ward and precinct 312-269-0877.
In order to serve you must be a registered voter, a resident of Chicago and meet other qualifications (links below) to serve as a judge or coordinator. Register to vote here.
Election Judges are the officials who are responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. Election Judges earn $140 (plus $50 if you complete the training) to $200 for additional duties.
In each precinct, the judges share in the responsibilities, duties and authorities that include:
- Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 a.m. on Election Day.
- Conducting a fair, impartial and secure election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting the results to Election Central after the polls close at 7 p.m.
- Extra duties are:
- Cell phone judge. Use your personal cell phone on election day for communications with the Board of Elections. Additional pay $25.
- Key judge: Responsible for the key to unlock the carrier that contains all the voting materials. Additional pay $25.
- Delivery judge: Responsible for delivering the ballots to the receiving station which will be a local middle school or high school. Additional pay $25.
- More details on the Election Judge position here or call 312-269-7984.
An Election Coordinator is a “super” election judge and has the following duties:
- All the duties of an Election Judge.
- Running the set-up, operation and closing of the precinct on Election Day.
- Supervise the Election Judges.
- The EC mans the Voter Registration table.
- They are the Board of Elections representative in the polling place, and are responsible for coordinating equipment set-up, operation, and troubleshooting and overseeing the implementation of voting procedures.
- They can also be assigned as stand-by Election Coordinators, and may be dispatched in the event an assigned EC is unable to work on Election Day.
- The cannot act as a Cell, Key or Delivery judge.
- The Election Coordinator position is new in 2016.
- More details on the Election Coordinator here or call 312-269-0876.
An Election Judge has to go through one four hour training session. Training takes place at the either the University of Illinois Chicago 750 S. Halsted or Block 37 108 N. State Street. Training sessions are available on various days at 8am, 12noon, and 6pm on weekdays and on weekends. You will receive a manual at training.
An Election Coordinator has to go through two four hour training sessions and take an online exam. Training takes place at the
Block 37 108 N. State Street. Training sessions are available on various days at 8am, 12noon, and 6pm on weekdays and on weekends. You will receive a manual at training.
Election Judges and Coordinators have to arrive at 5AM and stay until possibly 9pm.
Now I realize that you will have to take a vacation day in order to serve. Why not get a paid day off, do your civic duty and earn an additional $125-$350?
My experience as an Election Coordinator.
- It was a great experience helping with the democratic process (start waving your flag).
- I spent a total of about 28 hours training, studying and working the primary. The pay was $350 which I received a few weeks after each election.
- You have to take two four hour in-class training sessions. The training was very thorough and organized.
- You have to take two online exams after you finish your in-class training. This took over an hour.
- I spent an extra four hours studying the manual after the training.
- They give you a manual which you must bring with you on Election day. The Election Coordinator has to fix any equipment malfunctions. We had a couple small problems that were easy to fix (rebooting).
- Before the election you have to contact all of your Election Judges and meet them at your polling place the night before the election and set up up all the tables, chairs, voting booths, check your inventory of forms etc. You cannot go alone. We met at 5pm and our set up time was two and a half hours.
- On Election Day I arrived at 4:45am to wait for my Election Judges. You CANNOT open your polling place late. Our polling place closed shortly after 7pm and it took 2 hours to close everything out.
- The Election Judges close everything out and the Election Coordinator supervises close out and reviews ALL of their work.
- We had about five poll watchers show up at our polling place throughout the day.
- EC’s and EJ’s cannot leave the polling place for ANY reason except to use the restroom. Bring your cell phone charger, medicine, food, beverages etc. Make ironclad babysitting arrangements and have a Plan B. If you do leave even for 15 minutes or more you will not be paid. The only reason you can leave your polling place is if it’s on fire.
- You should vote early because if you are not placed in your own precinct you cannot vote. The City WANTS EVERYONE to vote early. As of 2015 everyone is allowed to vote early by mail.
- You may be placed anywhere in the city. You can decline to serve at your assigned location and you will be paid.
- Your workload is going to depend on 1. if you get good equipment 2. if you have enough Election Judges 3. that your judges are competent and 4. How many people vote in your precinct.