Thousands of Election Judges needed for Nov. 6 election, with many openings in North Side wards

Most openings concentrated on North Side

Election Judges Needed for Nov. 6 Election

Chicago Election Board Chairwoman Marisel A. Hernandez on Wednesday encouraged Chicagoans to sign up to serve as Judges of Election to help staff the city’s precinct polling places at the Nov. 6 General Election, particularly in areas on the city’s North Side.


Election Judges may find more information and access the link to apply online at


Judges who complete training and then successfully serve on Election Day are now paid $200 per election, Hernandez noted. Those who serve on Nov. 6 also will be first in line if they want to serve at the equally important Municipal Election in February 2019.


“We need citizens to work on Election Day, to manage our polling places and to help their neighbors exercise the right to vote at this critical midterm election,” Hernandez said.


“We have approximately 6,800 judges citywide, but we really need 10,000 to be fully staffed citywide. Our most significant needs are in North Side Wards,” Hernandez said.


Areas with the most significant needs for Election Judges include:

  • The 42nd Ward which covers downtown and the West Loop,
  • The 1st , 2nd and 32nd Wards on the Near North Side,
  • The 41st, 45th and 39th Wards from O’Hare to Sauganash on the Northwest Side,
  • The 43rd Ward in the Lincoln Park neighborhood,
  • The 47th Ward in the Ravenswood/North Center neighborhoods, and
  • The 50th Ward in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.