Will County clerk recruiting election judges for 2020

The Will County Clerk’s Office announced it is seeking both Republican and Democratic candidates to serve as election judges for the primary and general elections in 2020.

The clerk’s office said it already begun has training election judges in preparation for next year. The primary election will be on March 17, 2020, and the general election will be on Nov. 3, 2020.

Those interested in applying to become an election judge will have to go through a training class beforehand. Election judges are paid $150 if they are selected to work an election – $90 per election and $60 for training when appointed. Those working also can earn additional money for extra responsibilities. Judges work from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day. All applicants must be registered voters in Will County.

Judges also will be expected to police proper and lawful conduct of the election at their polling place, ensure every person qualified to vote is able to vote, distribute ballots properly, assist voters with disabilities, close the polls promptly at 7 p.m. and return election equipment at the end of Election Day.

Some high school students also are able to participate. Those eligible to be a judge must be a high school junior or senior in good standing, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, get written permission and successfully complete the required training.

Any additional questions about becoming an election judge can be directed to Mary Kay Campbell or Christine Randall at the Will County Clerk's Office at 815-740-4617. Those interested also can find an application online at TheWillCountyClerk.com.