High School Election Judges
The Rockford Board of Elections conducts a program whereby high
school juniors or seniors may become judges of election. The
program is conducted through the Rockford public and private high
High school juniors or seniors, who:
- Have a 3.0 or better average in a 4.0 system of grading,
- Are United States citizens, and
- Have permission from the school principal and their parents,
may work through their school to become an election judge.
Our office sends a request to each high school before every
election. The schools respond with the names of interested
students. Attendance at a training class of 4 hours is required and
arranged with each student.
The program is authorized by the Illinois Election Code.
Students who take part are not marked absent the day they serve as
election judges. It is a paid position. It is a great way to
learn more about the election process, while fulfilling a civic
Every election, approximately, 20 students benefit from their
experiences on Election Day. It is an extremely important service
they are performing for their community. We have found that
students quickly understand the procedures and are of great
assistance to the other judges in their polling places.
We very much appreciate the students who have worked in the past
and anticipate the privilege of working with many more juniors and
Students who will be 18 years of age by election day may, also,
be election judges, but do not fall into this category. An
18-year-old must be a registered voter and, if a student, should
have permission from his/her parents to miss the day of school.
To find out more about the duties of election judges click