CHICAGO - When signed applications for Cook County Republican Party election judges did not make last Monday's 5:00 deadline, GOP committeemen in the City of Chicago and Cook County townships were concerned that their work recruiting election judges was wasted. However, David Orr extended the deadline to next Friday, allowing the Cook County GOP another 10 days to find enough volunteers to fill the 3000 openings for the March 18th primary.
"I have negotiated longer deadlines for assignments, so Republicans should hurry up and apply," Sharon Meroni of Save the Vote told Illinois Review. "The best way to assure the security of the in-precinct vote is to have trained and bi-partisan elections judges in every precinct."
Election judges usually serve in the precinct that has a vacancy which is nearest to their home. Judges of Election serve from 5:00 am to about 7:30 pm. They are paid $120 for the day plus $50 for attending a required three hour training class. Election judges do receive additional pay for increased responsibility and training.
Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar has made it a priority to ensure a secure voting environment for voters throughout Cook County. Traditionally, Republicans have had difficulty in filing their allotment of positions, but in the 2012 General Election the Cook County Republican Party had Republicans in every polling place in Chicago and in Suburban Cook County for the first time ever. The 2014 goal of the Election Judge Project is to fill all of the Republican election judge positions with voting Republicans.
The Election Judge Project being overseen by Ms. Meroni is committed to having election judge oversight over every vote in Cook County, regardless of whether it is cast during vote by mail voting, early voting, nursing home voting, provisional or grace period voting. Currently, Judges of Election do not oversee all forms of voting in either Chicago or Suburban Cook County. The Election Judge Project is working with both Chicago and Cook County to ensure that Republican Judges of Election are assigned to oversee every vote in Cook County in 2014.
More information on the recruitment of 3,000 election judges can be found at www.electionjudge.org.