Posted on: September 22, 2020 Posted by: Jan Kopischke Comments: 0

Democracy doesn’t just happen. The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring students and community members to serve in suburban precincts for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election.

Local democracy depends on the poll workers who take pride in serving voters in their community each Election Day. These poll workers come together and make it possible for hundreds of their neighbors and fellow citizens to cast their ballots and have their voices heard. This year, precincts are finding it more difficult to recruit poll workers with many return poll workers concerned about COVID-19. Governor Pritzker has declared Election Day as a state holiday, so classes will be recessed on November 3. Students will not miss a day of classes in order to serve in this important way.

There are two positions available: Election Judge or Equipment Manager. Both Election Judges and Equipment Managers assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Equipment Managers are also responsible for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibility, Equipment Managers receive more training and get higher pay. Election Judges earn $200, Equipment Managers earn $34. 

To learn more and apply online visit cookcountyclerk.com/students or call 312-603-1185.