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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

High School and College Judges of Elections

Junior and Senior High School Student Judges of Election

Illinois Statutes provide the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, who are not entitled to vote, to be appointed as election judges if, as of the date of the election at which the person would serve as a judge, he or she:

  • Is a U.S. citizen
  • Lives in DuPage County
  • Is a junior or senior in good standing enrolled in a public or private secondary school
  • Has a cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Can obtain the First Judge Application and Nomination form from the Social Studies Chairman and/or Government teacher at school;
  • Has completed the First Judge Application and Nomination form with all signatures needed and returned to teacher, to be sent to the Election Commission;
  • Has satisfactorily completed the training course for judges of election; and
  • Meets all other qualifications for appointment and service as an election judge.

The student must be available to work from 5:15 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Every effort will be made to place the student at a polling place near their home.

  • Students are compensated for working on Election Day.
  • Students appointed as election judges under this subsection shall not be counted as absent from school on the day they serve as judges.

The Election Commission firmly believes this is a worthwhile endeavor for everyone involved, and one which undoubtedly enhances the student’s education in current events and justifies a one-day excused absence from class.

College Student Judges of Election

Illinois Statutes provide the opportunity for an individual who is not entitled to vote in a precinct or county to be appointed as an election judge if, as of the date of the election at which the person would serve as a judge, he or she:

  • Is a U.S. citizen;
  • Is currently enrolled in a community college or a public or private Illinois university or college;
  • Has a cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Has satisfactorily completed the training course for judges of election; and
  • Meets all other qualifications for appointment and service as an election judge.

No more than one election judge qualifying under this subsection may serve per political party per precinct.

Prior to appointment, a judge qualifying under this subsection must certify in writing to the Election Commission the political party the judge chooses to affiliate with.

  • Students are compensated for working on Election Day.
  • Students appointed as election judges under this subsection shall not be counted as absent from school on the day they serve as judges.

The Election Commission firmly believes this is a worthwhile endeavor for everyone involved, and one which undoubtedly enhances the student’s education in current events and justifies a one-day excused absence from class.