Volunteer: Be a Replacement Election Judge
If you are a healthy and capable voter and find your precinct to be under-staffed and over-burdened, you are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to offer to be sworn in as a Substitute Judge to help the election run smoothly in that precinct. Those who are sworn in and serve Election Day will be compensated on a pro-rated basis ($170 for the full day of 5 am thru after polls closed) based on the number of hours that they serve.
Judges will be following very enhanced cleanliness and disinfection protocols at the polls to protect the election judges. If you are interested,
- Study the Election Judge handbook and watch the training videos that the Chicago Election Board is providing. The handbook can be found at: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/serving-as-a-judge-of-election.html. Instructional videos will be available at this site beginning late Friday.
- Check in voters and issue ballots throughout the day until polls close at 7:00 p.m.
- Remain until approximately 7:30 p.m. or later until paperwork is complete.
Please note: Replacement Election Judges, also called “Standby Judges”, do NOT have any designated party affiliation!
If you would like to volunteer as a replacement judge on call to fill in where needed, Please email
as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your service and dedication to the vital democracy in Chicago.