Election season is over for now but soon we’ll be focused on the 2020 Presidential Election.
Election judges make sure the day runs as smooth as possible.
Many election commissions have expressed their concern over judge shortages.
When you go to cast your vote in any election, you should be able to trust that your ballot is being handled properly.
That’s why you see election judges at every precinct carefully watching over every step.
“It’s their responsibility to make sure everything is being done properly. That the election is above board and being done legally and fairly,” said Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman.
In major races, like governors and presidents, the state rules dictate that counties should have five judges per precinct.
That means Tazewell County alone will need more than 600 judges for the November 2020 election.
County Clerk John Ackerman told us they have rarely met that requirement.
“Usually around 400-500. We’ve never filled our quota of getting the full over 600. That’s our goal is to strive to get that every time,” said Ackerman.
Ackerman is hoping to entice people to become election judges by asking the county board to raise the pay.
Right now you can earn $110 for a full day of election judging.
If the pay raise is approved, it could be $165.
Want to be an election judge?
You need to meet these requirements:
1. Be over 17-years-old
2. Be a registered voter in that county
3. Be available on election day
There are some exceptions like student election judges.
If you are a junior in high school all you need is permission from a parent.