Language Access Resources

Bilingual Poll Workers

Ahead of every Election, the Chicago Board of Elections recruits Election Judges who are bilingual in English and either Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, and Polish. 

Judges make up to $230 for the day and can apply at: pollworker.chicagoelections.gov/

The Chicago Board of Elections also recruits bilingual Early Voting Officials to serve at one of 51 sites across Chicago. Election Officials assigned to work at an Early Voting site perform similar duties as Election Judges, but for the full duration of the Early Voting through Election Day. Officials make $17 per hour and can apply for the position by clicking here.

KOREAN LANGUAGE OUTREACH ASSISTANT: The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking a part-time Korean Language Outreach Assistant for the upcoming March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election. The primary function of this position is to help translate voter materials and promote voter participation in the Korean community in the City of Chicago. 

This is a part-time position with no more than 30 hours per week at a rate of $25 per hour. Anticipated duration of employment is immediately through the first week of April 2024. The applicant must be able to work on-site at the Board offices located at 69 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602. This is not a remote position.

Click here to apply to be a Korean Language Outreach Assistant

TAGALOG LANGUAGE OUTREACH ASSISTANT: The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking a part-time Tagalog Language Outreach Assistant for the upcoming March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election. The primary function of this position is to help translate voter materials and promote voter participation in the Tagalog-language community in the City of Chicago. 

This is a part-time position with no more than 30 hours per week at a rate of $25 per hour. Anticipated duration of employment is immediately through the first week of April 2024. The applicant must be able to work on-site at the Board offices located at 69 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602. This is not a remote position.

Click here to apply to be a Tagalog Language Outreach Assistant

 

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Assistance for Election Day

Ahead of every election, the Chicago Board of Elections releases a list of wards and precincts that will receive Limited English Proficiency (LEP) assistance for Election Day. These precinct polling places will have assigned bilingual poll workers and paper ballots in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, and Polish.

Click here for a list of current LEP Precinct Polling Places for Election Day

Please note: On Election Day, Chicago voters must go to their assigned precinct polling place or to any of the 51 sites open as a ward vote center on Election Day from 6:00am to 7:00pm. A voter cannot vote in a precinct polling place other than their own assigned location (or at a ward vote center) on Election Day.

By request, a voter can choose to receive a paper ballot in the language offered at the precinct. 

Every precinct polling place in Chicago has a touchscreen voting machine and audio ballot in 12 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (audio in Mandarin dialect), Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, Polish, Gujarati, Urdu, Ukrainian, Arabic, and Russian. 

Voters with limited English proficiency also have the right to bring an interpreter to help them understand and cast a ballot. LEP voters can choose who they want to help them, except the person cannot be the voter’s employer or labor union representative.

 

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Assistance for Early Voting

During Early Voting in all of Chicago's 50 Wards, the Chicago Board of Elections releases a list of Early Voting sites currently staffed with a bilingual election official fluent in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, or Polish.

Once assigned, the Early Voting bilingual poll worker assignments will be listed on the Early Voting webpage.

All Early Voting sites has a touchscreen voting machine and audio ballot in 12 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (audio in Mandarin dialect), Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, Polish, Gujarati, Urdu, Ukrainian, Arabic, and Russian. 

Please note: all Early Voting sites will also be open on Election Day as ward vote centers from 6:00am to 7:00pm.