Cook County Clerk's Office Searching For Poll Workers Ahead Of Election Day

October 15, 2018 - 7:22 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With Election Day about three weeks away, the Cook County Clerk's office is looking for poll workers.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said while he has a list of potential workers, they haven't been confirmed yet so he's casting a wide net.

"We do expect a higher turnout, so we really want to have a full supply of judges and would like to have them pooled," he said.

He's looking for about 8,000 people to work on November 6, and because poll workers must be trained, the clerk's office would like to hear from potential candidates as soon as possible.

Election judges make $200 for working that day.  Equipment managers, people with more technical skills who can maintain the voting machines, will earn $340.

Orr expects higher than usual turnout because of a record number of registered voters in the county and a high number of applications to vote by mail. He said the last two gubernatorial elections had turnout of around 50 percent.