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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Peoria County Increases Election Judge Pay

The Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners has increased the daily starting pay of its election judges from $165 to $200 as part of its annual budget. The Peoria County Election Commission is actively recruiting for election judges to serve starting with the upcoming March 19, 2024, general primary election. 

“Participating in the election process as an election judge is a wonderful way to serve your community. We also understand that judges are expected to take on many tasks throughout the 14-hour Election Day, and we are glad to be able to offer this increase to them. We appreciate all they do to make sure our elections run smoothly,” stated Elizabeth Gannon, Executive Director for the Peoria County Election Commission. 

Election judge duties include setting up voting equipment, signing in and processing voters, demonstrating voting procedures, assisting voters, closing the polls, and returning election materials back to the Election Commission at the end of the night. 

To be an election judge in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements: 

    Be a U.S. citizen

    Be a registered voter

    Meet the physical and mental requirements

    Be able to speak, read and write the English language

    Not be a candidate for any office in the election or an elected precinct committeeperson

    Not be a sex offender 

If you are a high school junior or senior in good standing with a GPA of at least 3.0, you may also be eligible to serve. 

Election judges are selected and trained by the Election Commission in advance of their work on Election Day. For more information on becoming an election judge or to sign up, please visit our Election Judge Portal at or call (309) 324-2300. 

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