College Student Election Judges

Student election judges play a crucial role by serving as the gatekeepers of democracy.

As part of a team of judges, you'll be responsible for helping voters and supervising polling place activity. You also get paid for it. Student election judges can earn up to $155 every election.
Many college students choose to remain registered to vote in their hometowns. If this is the case, you still qualify to serve as a student election judge. It is not required that you be a registered voter in the City of Peoria.

Responsibilities

Student judges share the same responsibilities, hold the same authority and perform the same tasks as other election judges. They include:

  • Opening the polling place in the morning and closing it at night
  • Setting up election equipment
  • Providing assistance to voters
  • Signing in voters
  • Verifying voter qualifications
  • Distributing ballots
  • Operating voting equipment
  • Filling out forms
  • Processing and transmitting votes at the end of the day
  • Certifying vote totals

Eligibility

To be eligible to serve as an election judge, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of the City of Peoria
  • A registered voter
  • Able to speak, read and write English
  • Of good understanding and capable of performing duties

Hours

Judges work long hours, arriving at the polling place at 5:00 am and working until the equipment is packed up after the polls close at 7 pm.

Compensation

Trained Election Judges receive $155 for the day.

Commitment

Election judges are required to work the entire day.

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