What are the Election Judge Requirements for High School Seniors?

Senate Bill 387 amends the Election code to authorize election authorities to permit High School Seniors to serve as Election Judges if they meet certain requirements.

Currently, an Election Judge must be a registered voter. An election authority may permit a High School Senior who is not a registered voter to serve as an Election Judge if he or she meets the following requirements:

a) Is an United States citizen as of the date of the election;

b) Is a Senior in good standing enrolled in a public or private secondary school;

c) Has a cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

d) Has the written approval of his or her parent or legal guardian;

e) Has satisfactorily completed the training course for Judges;

f) Only one such Judge may work per political party per precinct;

g) Students will not be considered absent from school.



WHO CAN VOTE?

To qualify to register to vote a person must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years old by election day
  • Be a resident of Illinois for 30 days before the election
When registering, two forms of identification are required-one form of identification must have the applicant's address.



WHEN MAY I REGISTER TO VOTE?

Registration is open year round except:
During the 28-day period just prior to an election and during the 2-day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

  • County Clerk's office
  • Board of Election's office
  • City and village offices
  • Township offices
  • Precinct Committeemen
  • Some schools
  • Some public libraries
  • Some labor groups
  • Some civic groups
  • Some corporations
  • Military recruitment offices
Or When applying for services at the following:
  • Driver's License Facilities
  • Department of Public Aid offices
  • Department of Public Health offices
  • Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities offices
  • Department of Rehabilitation Service offices


WHAT FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION MAY BE NEEDED WHEN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

Two forms of identification with one showing your current residence address. If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote.

DO I EVER HAVE TO RE-REGISTER?

No, not unless you:
  • Move to a different address, or
  • Change your name


WILL I AUTOMATICALLY BE REGISTERED TO VOTE WHEN I RENEW MY DRIVER'S LICENSE?

No. But you will be given the opportunity to register to vote. If you are already registered to vote, there is no need to register again unless you change your name or move.

SO CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE BY MAILING AN APPLICATION TO MY ELECTION OFFICE?

Yes. Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application. The applications are available at some public and private facilities where you live. When you register by mail your mail-in form must be postmarked prior to the close of registration. Contact your local election office to learn more about registering by mail.

IF I MAIL IN AN APPLICATION TO VOTE, CAN I VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Unless disabled or in the military, persons who register by mail must vote in-person at the polling place or by in-person absentee voting the first time they vote.

CAN I REGISTER AT A PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OFFICE?

Yes. Any person who requests public assistance will be given an opportunity to register to vote. Again, if you are already registered, there will be no need to register again unless you change your name or move.

WHEN CAN I CONSIDER MYSELF OFFICIALLY REGISTERED TO VOTE?

As soon as you receive a voter ID card in the mail, you can consider yourself registered. If you do not receive an ID card within 3 weeks after you registered, call your elections office.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY NAME AFTER BEING REGISTERED?

If you changed your name more than 28 days before the election and did not re-register, you cannot vote.

A person who changes his or her name within 28 days of the election, and still lives in the same precinct, may vote after completing an affidavit. A woman who continues to use her maiden name after marriage may vote without having to complete an affidavit if registered under her maiden name.

WHAT IF I MOVE, CAN I STILL VOTE?

It depends on when you move. If you moved within 28 days of the election in the same precinct you can vote a full ballot by signing an affidavit.

If you moved more than 30 days before the election within the county or municipality under a board of election commissioners, and did not transfer your registration, you can vote on a ballot for federal offices only after completing an address correction form.

If you moved within 30 days before the election outside of your precinct, but you still live in the State, and did not transfer your registration, you can vote a full ballot in your old polling place after completing an affidavit.

If you moved more than 30 days before the election out of your county or municipality under a board of election commissioners and did not transfer your registration, you cannot vote.



WHO MAY VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

All registered voters in Illinois are entitled to vote in absentee

WHEN CAN APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS BE MADE?

(Be certain to apply within the following time frames)

By mail - Not more than 40 days nor less than 5 days prior to the election

In person - Not more than 40 days nor less than1 day prior to the election

Some voters, primarily those, who are temporarily out of the country, may make application for an absentee ballot not less than 10 days prior to the election. Such request shall entitle the applicant to an absentee ballot for every election in one calendar year in which Federal offices are filled. Contact your election authority EARLY for specific details if you plan to be out of the country. Absent members of the armed forces while on active duty may apply for an absentee ballot by using the website https://move.elections.il.gov , fax machine, mail, or email.

Step 1 – Obtain the proper application for absentee ballot, either by mail or in person, from your election authority (county clerk or board of election commissioners).

Step 2 – Upon receipt, complete the application. Make certain to include your name, home address, the address where you want the ballot to be mailed, and be sure to sign the application. (In primary elections you must state your party affiliation.)

Step 3 – After completing the application, either mail it or deliver it to your election authority. If you return the application in person or complete the application in the election authority's office, you may immediately vote your absentee ballot in the election authority's office. If you mail the application and it is properly completed, the election authority will mail your absentee ballot to you.

Step 4 – After receiving your ballot, VOTE THE BALLOT IN SECRET. Insert the ballot into the envelope provided, seal it, complete and sign the certification on the back and return it or mail it.

DID YOU KNOW?

Absentee voters have the same obligations as those who vote in the polling place on election day. They must complete an application and vote their absentee ballot in complete secrecy.

The affidavits on the application and the ballot envelope must be signed. These affidavits attest to the accuracy of the information provided on the application. The affidavit on the envelope attests that the absentee voter is voting his own ballot in secret.

If the voter receives assistance in voting his absentee ballot, the name and address of the person giving the assistance must be placed on the ballot certification envelope. Remember that a candidate is NOT allowed to assist an absentee voter, unless the candidate is a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the absentee voter.

IMPORTANT

Knowingly giving, lending, or promising to give or lend any money or other valuable consideration to any other person to influence another person to vote for or against any candidate or public question is a Class 3 felony. It is also a Class 3 felony for any person to intimidate or unduly influence another person to intimidate or unduly influence another person to cast an absentee ballot inconsistent with the voter's intent or who marks or tampers with an absentee ballot of another person.

WHAT ARE JUDGES OF ELECTION?

WE WELCOME AND NEED JUDGES, PLEASE CALL THE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE AT 277-6600 X2380 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. YOU WILL BE PAID FOR YOUR SERVICES.

Election Judges help to guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on election day. Following are the qualifications necessary to become an election judge and also some of their important duties and responsibilities.

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
  • Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be elected committeemen
  • Reside and be entitled to vote in the precinct where selected to serve as judge. However, in each precinct one judge of each party may be appointed from outside the precinct, but from within the county. All judges must be electors within the county.


HOW ARE JUDGES SELECTED?

In national, state, county, township and municipal elections, judges of election are selected by the county board, or if appropriate, the board of election commissioners, from lists furnished by the chairmen of the county central committees of the two leading political parties. For each polling place three judges are appointed from one party and two from another.

In precincts under the jurisdiction of the county clerk, the party which cast the highest average number of votes at the most recent three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three judges; the party which casts the second highest number of votes at the most recent gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two judges.

HOW ARE ELECTION JUDGES TRAINED?

In each precinct all judges representing each political party must be certified as having satisfactorily completed, a training course and examination for judges of election. This required course covers the duties and responsibilities of election judges and consists of at least four hours of instruction and examination which tests reading skills, ability to work with poll lists, ability to add and knowledge of election laws governing the operation of polling places.

HOW MAY I BECOME AN ELECTION JUDGE?

Contact the chairman of the party of your choice or your County Clerk's office and express you interest in serving as a Judge of Election.

Election judges are vital to the conduct of efficient and honest elections to which voters are entitled.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DUTIES OF THE 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
  • To certify the election results in that precinct
"Grace Period" Registration is an extension of the period of time for a voter to register to vote, or to update their registration information. This "Grace Period" Registration extends registration from the normal close of registration up through the 3rd day before the election. Once registered, this voter may cast a ballot during this "Grace Period" at the election authority’s office or at a location specifically designated for this purpose by the election authority, or by mail, at the discretion of the election authority.

"Early" Voting is an opportunity for the voter to vote before election without having to have a reason, "Early" Voting helps to cut down on long line at the polls on election day.