College Student Election Judges

Student election judges play a crucial role by serving as the gatekeepers of democracy.

As part of a team of judges, you'll be responsible for helping voters and supervising polling place activity. You also get paid for it. Student election judges can earn up to $200 every election.

Many college students choose to remain registered to vote in their hometowns. If this is the case, you still qualify to serve as a student election judge. It is not required that you be a registered voter in the County of Peoria.


Student judges share the same responsibilities, hold the same authority and perform the same tasks as other election judges. They include:

  • Opening the polling place in the morning and closing it at night
  • Setting up election equipment
  • Providing assistance to voters
  • Signing in voters
  • Verifying voter qualifications
  • Distributing ballots
  • Operating voting equipment
  • Filling out forms
  • Processing and transmitting votes at the end of the day
  • Certifying vote totals


To be eligible to serve as an election judge, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Peoria County
  • A registered voter
  • Able to speak, read and write English
  • Of good understanding and capable of performing duties


Judges work long hours, arriving at the polling place at 5 a.m. and working until the equipment is packed up after the polls close at 7 p.m.


Trained Election Judges receive $200 for the day.


Election judges are required to work the entire day.