Updated: December 19, 2012 10:18AM
Cook County Clerk David Orr recently honored 64 suburban Cook County election judges during the sixth annual Judge Recognition Ceremony, held in the Cook County Board Chambers in Chicago.
Area honorees included Wilma Lyon and Thomas Wilmowksi (Bloom Township), and Marie Cohns and Marilyn Howard (Rich Township).
Orr thanked the poll workers for their precinct performances and for standing out among 10,000 judges who serve each Election Day.
“You were selected because you are team players,” Orr said. “You are dependable. Many of you have worked for many elections, and you make democracy work.”
Rob Elgas, from WMAQ-TV (Channel 5), served as master of ceremonies andapplauded the honorees.
“Your long hours may seem endless and thankless at times, but your dedication and excellence did not go unnoticed,” he said. “For your exemplary service last election and every other election, we thank you.”
Nearly 10,000 election judges work a 16-hour shift on Election Day starting at 5 a.m. Judges are responsible for setting up the polling place and election equipment; assisting voters when asked; and securing votes at the end of the night.
All judges, even veteran participants, attend regular trainings to learn new procedures and techniques.
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