High School Student Election Judge Program

What are the requirements to be a Student Election Judge?

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a Junior or Senior in good standing, enrolled in a public or private secondary school
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have written approval of his or her parent or legal guardian
  • Have written approval of the principal
  • Complete the training course
  • Meet all other qualifications for appointment and service as an election judge

Benefits Student Judges receive:

  • Hands on experience in how elections are conducted.
  • Training on how to open a polling place, process voters, and close the polls.
  • Inspiration to register and vote themselves when they reach 18 years of age.
  • A lifelong appreciation for the democratic process.

What are the duties of a Champaign County Student Election Judge?

  • An Election Judge is responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct to which he or she is assigned. Each precinct is usually assigned five judges.
  • The judges are responsible for setting up the election equipment in the morning, conducting a fair and impartial election, and tallying and reporting the results at the end of the day.


Trained Election Judges receive $120 for the day. Checks are mailed to your home within a few weeks of the election.

How do I apply:

Students who wish to apply must be sponsored by their High School and obtain the permission of their parents or guardians and principal. The following form must be completed and returned to the County Clerk's Office with the appropriate signatures. Students must then attend an election judge training class.

Questions? Contact us at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com or call Matt or Rose at (217)384-3724.