Equipment Manager Program
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Since the 2008 Primary Elections, Loyola University Chicago’s Division of Public Affairs has partnered with the Cook County Clerk’s Office to recruit civic minded Loyola students to serve as Equipment Managers on Election Day. So far, over 500 students have participated in the initiative and each year student involvement continues to grow. If you are a civic minded student who wants to get involved in your community, then this may be a great opportunity for you. The Equipment Manager is responsible for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment on Election Day, and then transmitting the results when the polls close. For their services, new Equipment Managers receive $300, while returning Equipment Managers receive $350.
To hear what Loyola students say about their experience as Equipment Managers, check out this video.
Click on the link below to see what an Equipment Manager does on Election day.
Q: What do I have to do to become an Equipment Manager?
A: There are a few requirements. You must:
- Have access to a car on Election Day
- Have a cell phone
- Be a US Citizen
- Be registered to vote in Cook County OR have a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Complete an online training
- Complete 2 sections of training and pass a hands-on test and an open book, open note test at the end of each class
- Set up the voting equipment (with assistance) the night before the election
- Serve from 5:00 am until the results are transmitted at the end of the night and materials from your polling place have been delivered to a nearby receiving station
Q: When will training occur?
A: There will be all-day training sessions held specifically for Loyola students on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 with class 1 in the morning and class 2 in the afternoon of each respective training dates. (You will only need to attend trainings on one of these days.)
The dates for the training are subject to change depending on the election cycle.
Q: What would my responsibilities be?
A: The Equipment Manager is the quarterback of the polling place team. You will set up all voting equipment in your assigned polling place the night before an election. On Election Day, you will troubleshoot any equipment problems. You will also act as an election judge and be responsible for consolidating and transmitting elections results after the polls close. At the end of the night, it will be up to you to return results cartridges and other materials to the receiving station.
Q: Do I get paid?
A: Yes. New Equipment Managers each earn $300 for attending the training and working Election Day. Payment is issued a few weeks after the election. (Returning Equipment Managers receive $350.)
Q: What type of resources would be available to me on Election Day?
A: Don’t worry. You won’t be working alone. Each polling place has other election judges. During training, you will receive an Equipment Manager handbook as well as access to an online training video. You will also be able to call the Clerk’s telephone hotlines for any legal, language or equipment assistance.
Q: What if I can’t attend the training for Loyola students?
A: There are training classes held on a regular basis throughout February. Classes are available in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. You can view the different locations, dates, and times through your JudgeConnect account.
Q: Why do I need a cell phone?
A: In case you need assistance, or if the Clerk’s office needs to relay information to you on Election Day.
Q: Where will I be assigned on Election Day?
A: You will be assigned to a polling place in the northern suburbs or in a polling place near your home, if you live in the suburbs.
Q: Why do I need access to a car?
A: You will need to get to the polling place to set up the equipment before Election Day and transport materials to the receiving station at the end of the night.
Q: Who do I contact for more information or to sign up?
A: Mark Mesle, Outreach Coordinator
Cook County Clerk's Office