Earn $450 as a Chicago Election Coordinator.
The next elections are:
February 26, 2019 Municipal Election and April 2, 2019 Run off Election
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 $450
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.
APPLY HERE The assignment is for two
and/or three Elections. The Board of Elections is asking applicants to commit to work the next two elections on February 26 and April 2, 2019. If you can only work one call and see what they say. They will probably take you.
Election Coordinator (EC) Description
The Chicagoo Board of Elections is now accepting Election Coordinator (EC) applications for the February 26, 2019 Municipal General and the April 2, 2019 Municipal Runoff and Supplementary Aldermanic Elections (as needed).
The EC is responsible for running the set-up, operation, and closing of the precinct on Election Day. The EC is the Board representative in the polling place, having been extensively trained in all Election Day procedures as well as equipment set-up, operation, and troubleshooting, including Election Day Registration. Each EC is assigned to one of the 2,069 precincts throughout the City of Chicago, to work with the appointed Election Judges in that precinct.
The EC also can be assigned as a stand-by, and may be dispatched in the event an assigned EC is unable to work on Election Day.
– Must be a United States citizen and either a registered voter in Cook County, Illinois or a college student currently enrolled in a college or university in Cook County, Illinois;
– Have effective oral and written English language and comprehension skills;
– Must have expertise in the operation, maintenance and proper usage of a wide range of computer technologies and will be required to adapt this expertise to election processes;
– Must have a cell phone available for making and receiving calls and text messages on Election Day;
– Must not be a committeeman, precinct captain, candidate, nor work for them or share the same household with them;
– Must not be a registered sex offender anywhere in the United States and must not have committed a crime that would require registration as a sex offender in the United States;
– Complete all required training courses and successfully pass the examination after each class.
The responsibilities of the Election Coordinator include:
– Pick-up of Election Day materials in the week prior to Election Day with the exact location, dates, and times to be sent to you by email;
– Make contact with the Election Judges in your assigned precinct before Election Day and assist them in checking the voting equipment the Monday before Election Day;
– Ensure that the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities by following an accessibility guideline/check-off list.
– Have extensive knowledge of the Election Day Registration procedures and direct the voter-registration activities on the e-poll book in the precinct;
– Assist the Election Judges with various aspects of the Election Day processes and procedures including but not limited to setting up voting equipment, setting up voting booths, powering up the voting equipment, etc.;
– Troubleshoot equipment problems and make minor repairs, such as changing the paper tape rolls;
– Be available to make and receive calls and text messages between the polling place and Election Central in case of procedural questions, equipment problems or serious malfunctions using your cell phone on Election Day;
– Monitor consolidation of vote totals from the two balloting systems (ballot scanner and touchscreen) and the transmission of the consolidated data to the Board’s central server;
– Assist Election Judges with completing polling place closing paperwork;
– Serve all precincts within a polling place; and,
– Follow Board instructions to complete all required tasks.Training description
All Election Coordinators who are accepted into the position are required to successfully complete two in-person training classes and one online class. Each training class will cover a different aspect of running the precinct on Election Day. The in-person training classes will total eight hours and the online training will take approximately two hours to complete.Additional Information
Election Coordinators who complete the program by meeting the requirements above and successfully serving in their assigned precinct on Election Day will receive a stipend of $450. APPLY HERE
Election Judges and Coordinators have to arrive at 5AM and stay until possibly 9pm.