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Qualifications of Election Judges

Qualifications to be a Poll Worker

Illinois statutes specify the qualifications for being a poll worker. 

The qualifications are:        

  • be citizen of the United States and entitled to vote at the next election* *except for students at least 16 years old
  • be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act
  • be able to speak, read and write the English language
  • be skilled in the four fundamental rules of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication)
  • be of good understanding and capable
  • not be a candidate for any office at the election and not be an elected committeeperson
  • have access to a car and cell phone on election day

Applicants must declare their party affiliation in order to serve as an election judge because judges must be representative of both major political parties.