What is a “Judge of Elections”
What is a Judge of Election?
Judges of election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on election day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with our laws.
What are the qualifications necessary to be an election judge?
be a citizen of the United States;
be of good repute and character;
be able to speak, read and write the English language;
be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics;
be of good understanding and capable; and
not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be elected committeeman.
What are some of the duties of Judges of Election?
to open and close the polls;
to be responsible for all election materials;
to ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once;
to ensure that all votes are cast in secret;
to give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter;
to give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters;
to maintain order in the polling place throughout the day;
to tally the vote after the polls are closed; and
to certify the election results in that precinct.
(copied from the following source – http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/countyclerk/Pages/JudgeOfElections.aspx )