Earn $350 as a Chicago Election Coordinator.
The next election are:
Gubernatorial General Election November 6, 2018
About Election Coordinators and Judges
There is a shortage of Election Judges and Election Coordinators for the upcoming election(s). 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 have served as an Election Coordinator the past three elections. I detail my experience below. I spent a total of about 28 hours training, studying and working for each election.
Election Coordinator pay is $350
In all 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 cities and states, answering questions, moving people around, procuring food etc. On an hourly basis the pay is very low. I personally view it as doing 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 two online exama. 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.