Be an Illinois Guardian of Democracy

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What’s the difference between Poll Worker & Poll Watcher?

Poll Worker:
Nonpartisan, Paid (Clerks, Judges, Inspectors, Checker, Precinct Worker)

Poll Watcher:
Partisan, Volunteer (Observers, Monitors, Challengers)


ILLINOIS

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be a poll worker (election judge) You must be 18+, resident of State & Precinct for at least 30 days. (at a minimum, must have a mailing address within the state of Illinois), 2 year term requirements

HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN

In May of even-numbered years, the County Board of Commissioners appoints 5 judges to each precinct. 3 appointees from a certified list provided by the county central committee of the 1st leading party & 2 appointees from a list provided by the 2nd leading party. Certified list must be submitted 10+ days before Commissioners’ annual meeting & name at least 2 precinct residents for each precinct where party will have 3 judges & 1 precinct resident for each precinct where party will have 2 judges. If list inadequate, Commissioners can use supplemental list, trying first to find precinct residents & then appointing county residents. If supplemental list inadequate, alternate appointments may be made. For counties under township organization similar process by county board, but County Central Committee shall notify board, by June 1 of each odd-numbered year immediately preceding board’s annual meeting, as to whether or not it will submit list.

  • Contact election authority here.
  • Info here.

Approx DEADLINE to sign up to be a Poll Worker:

May 2020

POLL WATCHER INFO:

Each established political party is entitled to appoint 2 poll watchers per precinct. Such poll watchers must be affiliated with the political party for which they are pollwatching. For all elections, the pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois. Each candidate shall be entitled to appoint two poll watchers per precinct. For all elections, the pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois. Each organization of citizens within the county or political subdivision, which has among its purposes or interests the investigation or prosecution of election frauds…, shall be entitled to appoint one pollwatcher per precinct. For all elections, the pollwatcher must be registered to vote in Illinois. Each State nonpartisan civic organization within the county or political subdivision shall be entitled to appoint one pollwatcher per precinct, provided that no more than 2 pollwatchers appointed by State nonpartisan civic organizations shall be present in a precinct polling place at the same time. The pollwatchers must be registered to vote in Illinois.

Who is Authorized to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day?

An election judge, a pollwatcher, or a voter may challenge a person’s right to vote.

  • Retweetable Tweet with links for Illinois here.
  • Shareable FB post & downloadable graphic here.
  • GoogleDoc here.

POLL WORKER (and Poll Watcher) Requirements & links to sign-up in All 50 States, STATE BY STATE Including:

  • QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN
  • POLL WATCHER INFO; 
  • Who is Authorised to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day? 
  • & Links to retweetable TWEETS & shareable FB Posts for each State
  • Twitter THREAD with links here.
  • Facebook shareable Album with downloadable graphics here.
  • On the Postcards for America website here.
  • On the Unhack the Vote Website here.

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