The  Presidential Election is fast approaching and there is a shortage of Election Judges in McHenry County.

Get information about Election Judge qualifications and duties, plus you can also download applications from the County Clerk’s Office by going to: co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections/election-judges.

What is an Election Judge?

Election Judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the poling place on election day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with our laws.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities of an Election Judge?

Election Judges  Duties and Responsibilities

What are the qualifications necessary to be an Election Judge?

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be of good repute and character;
  • be able to speak, read and write the English language;
  • be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics;
  • be of good understanding and capable; and
  • not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be elected committeeman.

What are some of the duties of an Election Judge?

  • to open and close the polls;
  • to be responsible for all election materials;
  • to ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once;
  • to ensure that all votes are cast in secret;
  • to give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter;
  • to give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters;
  • to maintain order in the polling place throughout the day;
  • to tally the vote after the polls are closed; and
  • to certify the election results in that precinct.

How may I become an Election Judge?

Fill out an application form for one of the following positions available and email a signed copy to the County Clerk’s office at [email protected] or mail it to the County Clerk’s office at the address on the top of the form. The Clerk’s office will contact you once the application has been processed.

Election Judge Form (PDF)
Technical Judge Form (PDF)
High School Student Judge Form (PDF)

Upcoming Training Which will begin in August.

Please note that those wishing to serve as a Technical Judge must complete BOTH the Election Judge AND the Technical Judge training.

Election Judge Training Technical Judge Training
McHenry County Administration Building
Conference Room A and B

667 Ware Rd., Woodstock, IL 60098
August 15 – October 7, 2016 | Monday – Friday; 9:30am
Plus Saturdays: Aug. 20, Sep. 17, Oct. 1; 9:30am

Nunda Township
3510 Bay Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016; 9:30am
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016; 9:30am

McHenry Township
3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg, IL 60051
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016; 9:30am

Huntley Park DistrictTitle
12015 Mill St., Huntley, IL 60142
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016; 9:30am
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016; 9:30am


Classes are limited to 25 judges. Training sessions that are filled may no longer be available during the registration process.

McHenry County Administration Building
Cafeteria Room 104

667 Ware Rd., Woodstock, IL 60098
Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016; 9:30am
Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016; 9:30am
Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016; 9:30am
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016; 9:30am
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016; 9:30am


Classes are limited to 25 judges. Training sessions that are filled may no longer be available during the registration process.


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