Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff recently reminded residents to take advantage of the county's free election judge training.
The training will focus on preparing election judges to use ePollbook tablets, which will replace paper applications in the 2016 election. In addition to streamlining voter check-in, the devices will also post voter history information in real time, making the information more accessible for anyone seeking the information after the elections.
Election judges are considered important monitors and stewards of the voting process. In Lake County, they take a constitutional oath to uphold their duties and spend the entire voting day, from 5:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., at polling locations. Throughout the voting day, they are charged with making sure any eligible voter who wants to vote can vote and that all votes cast are eligible.
To qualify for training, prospective election judges must be citizens of the United States, be capable of basic math, and must not be affiliated with any political office or candidate. Judges must also be fluent in English, although the county is particularly interested in bilingual candidates who are proficient in English and Spanish.
Trained election judges can generally earn $140 for their service, but may be paid higher or lower fees depending on their degree of training.
Interested residents can apply online at electionjudge.info.