Becoming a Judge of Election

As active participants in democracy, Judges of Election assist in safeguarding one of our most treasured constitutional rights: our right to vote.
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About Judges of Election:

The County Clerk’s office needs Judges of Election to serve in 30 precincts throughout Knox County for each election. There are always shortages in some areas of the county.

Training classes are held at a convenient location in the county prior to the election. Trained Judges of Election can earn up to $150 by attending a training class and working as a Judge on Election Day.

At each polling place there are Judges representing both major political parties. They are responsible for the administration of the election procedures. They verify that only qualified persons are permitted to vote, as well as give assistance to all voters. They are nominated by the political parties to serve and are certified by the Circuit Court.

The qualifications to become a Judge of Election are as follows:

  • Be a registered voter
  • Be of good repute and character
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics
  • Not be a candidate for any office in the election
  • Not be a precinct committeeman

If you would like more information about becoming a Judge of Election, please call the Division of Election Services at 309/345-3858 or click here to sign up!