Mail Ballot Applications Available, Clerk Seeking Election Day Workers 

An official with Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough’s office demonstrates on new voting machines during a 2019 press conference. | Screenshot 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Voters in suburban Cook County apply for mail ballot applications  ahead of the June 28 Gubernatorial Primary Election, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough’s office announced late last month. 

Voters have until June 23 to apply for a mail ballot, which must be postmarked no later than Election Day, June 28, and received by the clerk’s office within 14 days of the election. 

The completed mail ballot applications should be sent to: Cook County Clerk’s Office, Mail Voting Unit, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602. 

In order to complete the online application for a mail ballot, voters will need an email address, an Illinois driver’s license or state ID number, the last four digits of their Social Security number and an address where the ballot should be mailed. 

Although applications will be available online, the completed ballots need to be returned by U.S. mail or dropped off at election drop box locations at suburban early voting sites, which open June 13, clerk officials said. 

Suburban Cook County voters can check their voter registration and mail ballot status, as well as other voter information at cookcountyclerk.com/VoterInfo. Questions can be directed to (312) 603-0946 or [email protected]. 

“In the 2020 Presidential Election, suburban voters shattered previous records for Mail Voting and Early Voting, with 76 percent of votes being cast prior to Election Day,” clerk officials said. 

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“There were a total of 460,281 mail votes cast and 453,077 suburban residents voted early for a total of 913,358 votes cast before Election Day of no more than 1.1 million ballots cast in total,” they said. 

Election Day workers needed 

Meanwhile, the clerk’s office is urging suburban voters to “do their part for local democracy and earn some cash in the process” by registering to work as an election judge during the June 28 primary election. 

In a statement, officials with Clerk Yarbrough said that all 1,430 precincts administered by the clerk’s office will require staffing with multiple election judges. Judges are paid $200 and polling place technicians are paid $365. The clerk’s office provides training for both positions. 

Anyone interested in becoming an election day worker can apply online at: cook county clerk.com/work.

“Our judges are the gatekeepers for election operations and their work is critically important to keeping election day operations running smoothly,” Yarbrough said. 

During the April 6 election last year, at least two polling places in Proviso Township had to stay open after 7 p.m., when most polls closed, due, in part, to election judges who were no-shows. 

Yarbrough told Village Free Press at the time that she spent “the better part of the morning in Proviso Township,” before lauding “the election judges that did show up.” She added that the election judges who don’t show up “tend to be younger people.” 

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