DANVILLE — Vermilion County still needs more than two dozen election judges for Election Day on Nov. 6, according to Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster.
Foster said there's a need for 24 Republican judges to work Nov. 6 from 5 a.m. to about 7 p.m., and there's also a need for alternates and stand-bys for the Democratic election judges' roster. There are vacancies at polling places in Blount Township, Tilton, Ridge Farm, Hoopeston, Jamaica Township, McKendree Township, Oakwood, Fithian, Rossville, Henning, Allerton and Fairmount. Foster said Hoopeston and Oakwood need the most.
Foster said to be a judge, one does not have to be a member of the Republican or Democratic parties but must be willing to sign a declaration that he or she is a Republican to be a Republican judge and Democrat to be a Democrat judge.
Historically, the local Republican and Democratic parties supply the required number of election judges, Foster said, but the obligation "has been met less and less in recent years," requiring her office to do the outreach necessary to get enough election judges.
Judges are paid $100 to $120 for the day, and Foster said her office is prepared to provide the necessary training. She said her office may even add another class at the last minute, because there are still so many spots to fill.
Foster said it's a long but rewarding day for election judges, who are responsible for protecting the rights of voters, verifying voter identification and informing voters how to fill out their ballots and assisting them if the have any problems. Foster said her offices makes sure that new judges are placed with veteran judges.
Those interested in serving should call election judges coordinator Ann Sykes or Foster as soon as possible at 554-1908 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.