Election Judges

Election judges have many responsibilities and perform several tasks on Election Day, including:

  • 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
  • Have voted in a Primary Election
  • Able to speak, read and write English
  • Of good understanding and capable of performing duties

Candidates running for office and elected political party committeeperson are prohibited from serving as election judges.


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 up to $165 for the day.


As an Election Judge you are representing either the Democratic or Republican Party.  If you do not have Primary voting history to indicate party affiliation, your application will be sent to the respective Peoria County Party Chair for vetting.  Election judges are required to work the entire day. In addition, we would like you to commit to working all elections in a 2-year cycle (General Election, Consolidated Primary, Consolidated Election, General Primary).