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 $165 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 the County of Peoria
- 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 $165 for the day.
Election judges are required to work the entire day.