Get Active with Local Dems

If a government of the people by the people and for the people is to continue to exist, the people must be engaged in the process of that government.

The Wheeling Township Democrats and NW Suburban Dems are neighbors working together to develop and foster Democratic and Progressive values and candidates in the Northwest suburbs. We hold regular meetings with a variety of guests and topics. We register, educate and get Democratic voters to the polls on Election Day. We work to tell the public about our core Democratic values and principles of liberty, democracy, equality and progress.
To do all that we need volunteers. You can volunteer TODAY and become a Member of the NW Suburban Democrats! Please email the Committeeman Mark Walker at mark@wheelingdems.com     You can also sign up for our Wheeling Dems E-News by writing to info@wheelingdems.com.
Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Walk door to door
  • Display a yard sign
  • Register new voters
  • Serve as a neighborhood representative
  • Make phone calls
  • Serve as an election judge
  • Send postcards to a friend
  • March in parades
  • And, more!

Of course, if you’re interested in serving your community in an elected capacity we’re always ready to help good people run for office!

CONTRIBUTIONS AND DUES-PAYING MEMBERSHIPS

Local Dollars for Local Democrats

You can also become a dues-paying member or otherwise donate to the Wheeling Dems through ActBlue.

Membership Dues are $30 per year and members in good standing are eligible to participate in slating and endorsement sessions as well as serve on the group’s various committees.

The Wheeling Township Democrats are a self sustaining volunteer organization. We receive no financial support from the state or national Democratic Party. All of our donations are raised locally.

Every dollar raised by the Wheeling Township Democrats stays in our communities. No money is sent to Washington, Springfield or Chicago. Your donation is put to work here in Wheeling Township. Your donation helps fund the only Democratic office in the Northwest Suburbs and all of our volunteer activities – from monthly meetings to telephone banks.

ELECTION JUDGES

We are also always looking for volunteers interested in becoming an Election Judge. Earn a little money and help ensure the integrity of our elections. Please contact Mike MacDonald mmacd2100@gmail.com.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Election Judges help to guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on election day. This fact sheet points out the qualifications necessary to become an election judge and also some of their important duties and responsibilities.

What are judges of election?

Judges of election are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on election day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.

What are the qualifications necessary to be an election judge?

  • You must be a citizen of the United States
  • You must be of good repute and character
  • You must be able to speak, read and write the English language
  • You must be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics
  • You must not be elected committeeman
  • You must reside and be entitled to vote in the precinct where selected to
    serve as judge.

However, in each precinct one judge of each party may be appointed from outside the precinct, but from within the county. All judges must be electors within the county.

How are judges selected?

In national state, county, township and municipal elections, judges of election are selected by the county board, or if appropriate, the board of election commissioners, from lists furnished by the chairmen of the county central committees of the two leading political parties.

For each polling place three judges are appointed from one party and two from another.

In precincts under the jurisdiction of the county clerk, the party which cast the highest average number of votes at the most recent three gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by three judges; the party which cast the second highest number of votes at the three most recent gubernatorial elections in the precinct shall be represented by two judges.

Under the jurisdiction of the board of election commissioners, the two leading political parties alternate having majority representation.

One party is represented by three judges of election in each of the odd-numbered precincts and by two judges of election in each of the even-numbered precincts; the other party is represented by three judges in each of the even-numbered precincts and by two judges in each of the odd-numbered precincts.

After selections are made, a report is filed in the circuit court and application is made for their confirmation and appointment by the circuit court.

How are election judges trained?

In each precinct at least one judge representing each political party must be certified as having satisfactorily completed, within the preceding six months, a training course and examination for judges of election.

This required course covers the duties and responsibilities of election judges and consists of at least four hours of instruction and examination which tests reading skills, ability to work with poll lists, ability to add and knowledge of election laws governing the operation of polling places.

How may I become an election judge?

Contact the Wheeling Township Democratic Committeeman at info@wheelingdems.com and express your interest in serving as a Judge of Election.

What are some of the duties of the judges of election?

  • To open and close the polls
  • To be responsible for all election materials
  • To ensure that only qualified voters are permitted
  • To vote and that each qualified voter is permitted
  • To vote once and only once to ensure that all votes are cast in secret to give instructions in the method of voting when requested by a voter
  • To give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters to maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
  • To tally the vote after the polls are closed
  • To certify the election results in that precinct

Do you want to be an Election Judge?

Election judges’ work in the polling places on Election Day is absolutely critical. They greet voters, check registrations, supervise the voting and count the votes at the end of the day. In short; they are responsible for running the election

Some details include:

  • An election judge receives a stipend and may receive an additional amount for completing a training course.
  • Elections Judges work from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Each precinct polling place is staffed with approximately five election judges.

Serving as an election judge is a wonderful opportunity to meet people in your community, help ensure the viability of the democratic process, and make a little extra money. Under state law, the Wheeling Township Democratic Committeeman appoints election judges to represent the Democratic Party in the polling place on Election Day. Become a part of what keeps our country and our community great!

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