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Oct 06

National Voter Education Week - Become a Part of the Process

Posted on October 6, 2022 at 2:08 PM by Robert Watson

This week is National Voter Education Week. Friday's focus is on how you can engage further in the election process.

There are a number of ways that you can become more engaged in the election process beyond voting. The McLean County Clerk's office is always looking for good help to make elections run smoothly. Below are some roles that guide the efficient, safe, and secure election process.

  • Become an Election Judge
    • Election judges from varied political parties serve at early voting locations and in polling places on Election Day. Election judges provide direct support of voters in a voting location by registering them, helping them submit their ballots, and handling any issues that arise with their registration or voting process. Election judges must attend state-mandated training at least every two years to remain certified to work elections.
    • Election judges serve in many additional capacities for the McLean County Clerk's Election Team. Select Election Judges also serve on our vote by mail teams processing applications and ballots, retrieve ballots from drop boxes, assist with voter registrations and much more. While Election Judge applications are not open currently, we will begin accepting applications again starting Jan. 1, 2023.
  • Become a Technical Support Staff
    • Our techies provide technical support on Election Day. Techies attend special training annually to support the technical systems (iPads, printers, ballot boxes, and electronic voting systems) in the polling places. They are the first tier of support for any technical issues that occur in a polling place.
  • Become a Pollwatcher
    • Pollwatchers provide oversight of the election process on behalf of an organization, a political party, or a candidate. Though the pollwatcher position is often unpaid, they serve as an integral part of the election process by observing election processes in polling places. Pollwatchers must register with the County Clerk's office prior to the election. They have the unique ability to review election procedures, request to inspect ballot boxes, and much more. Learn more on the Pollwatchers page of our website.


If you're interested in becoming more involved in the election process, you're encouraged to submit the Ask the Election Team a Question form, call us at 309-888-4035, or email kathy.michael@mcleancountyil.gov.