Election Day Timeline

On Election Day, there is a basic timeline that all election judges must follow. The purpose of the timeline is to assure a smooth and successful election that follows all the Illinois State Election Laws.

As an Election Judge, you will:

  • Report to the polling place at 5:15 a.m.
  • Prepare the polling place for voters between 5:15 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Open the polls promptly at 6:00 a.m.
  • Process voters from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • At 7:00 p.m., announce that the polls are closed. Designate the last voter in line, and have all voters in line come inside, if possible.
  • After the last voter has voted and left, judges may begin documenting the election and packing up equipment and supplies.
  • Go through the proper procedures to return the election results and all required supplies to the Board of Elections office.