Anyone interested in becoming an election judge or renewing their certification is encouraged to attend one of several free training sessions in Jacksonville this week.
According to statute for March 15th election, Morgan County must provide 200 judges to seat the election. Morgan County Clerk Jill Waggener says she is in need of around 57 Republican or Democratic judges.
Waggener says individuals will learn everything they need to know about being an election judge during the sessions.
“They will learn how to open the polls in the morning and what is required before that. They will learn the process throughout the day and what it takes to close the polling center at the end of the evening.”
After completing the one day course, the certification will be good for two years.
“At this point I have three judges everywhere. At some places I have my five required. I am not the only County Clerk in this position. I understand it is a long day and the pay is only $145 for the entire day.”
Waggener and representatives from the State Board of Elections will lead the training sessions on Wednesday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. as well as Thursday at 10 a.m.
The sessions will take place at Pathway Services, 1903 West Morton.