Election Day Field Attorneys (11/3/2020)


The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago (the “Board”), the Cook County Clerk (the “Clerk”), the CBA, HLAI and WBAI have partnered to create Election Day Field Attorneys to serve on election day as representatives "in the field" for the Chicago or suburban Cook County election authorities. 

Each attorney will be assigned to one of the 50 wards in the City of Chicago if representing the Board, or to one of the 17 regional RDC centers if representing the Clerk. The attorney will be working cooperatively and in conjunction with the regular field supervisor/investigator from the respective election authority who is also assigned to the attorney’s particular ward or region.

It is anticipated each attorney would be paid a flat fee of $500 for a full day of service on election day, beginning at 5:00 a.m. and concluding when all precincts within their ward or region have closed (the standard closing time is 7:00 p.m., but some precincts may be held open late by court order, usually for no more than one or two extra hours).

Responsibilities

Each attorney will be assigned the task of roaming their respective ward or region to visit each precinct and monitor the conduct of elections therein for matters including but not limited to:

1. Polling place setup with proper social-distancing, PPE and accessibility.

2. Proper procedures enforced for voter check-ins, registrations, address changes, balloting, voter assistance and poll watching which includes accurate knowledge of
- Proper ID requirements for voter registration, address changes and applications for ballots;
- Affidavit requirements for voter assistance;
- Affidavit requirements and procedures for when a voter must, or must not, cast a provisional ballot; 
- Proper procedures for curbside voting.

3. No improper electioneering within the 100-foot Campaign Free Zone, and no improper disturbances or behavior within the polling place.
- Attorneys may be required to complete incident reports and submit to the election authority;
- Attorneys may need to communicate and work with law enforcement agencies to ensure peace and decorum at all polling places.

4. Voter line management, including possible second lines and/or holding areas for any “noncompliant voters” who refuse to wear a face mask.

5. Proper procedures for curbside voting for voters with disabilities, for noncompliant voters, and for voters with COVID-related health and safety concerns.

6. Proper procedures for voting in-person by voters who previously applied for a Vote by Mail (“VBM”) ballot.

Application Requirements

To apply for these positions, an attorney must be licensed and in good standing in the State of Illinois, complete an application form and submit a short resume, CV or bio. 

Each attorney must have his or her own mode of transportation to/from their assigned ward or region, and to travel between all precincts therein.

Each attorney must provide a working cellular telephone number that can be used by the election authority representatives in their respective election day telephone call centers. The attorney may receive calls and dispatch assignments from the call centers, and may be required to report back to said call centers.

Each attorney must be available for a full day of service on election day, beginning at 5:00 a.m. and concluding when all precincts within their ward or region have closed (the standard closing time is 7:00 p.m., but some precincts may be held open late by court order, usually for no more than one or two extra hours).

Each attorney must submit to the Board or the Clerk a conflict-of-interest acknowledgement, a confidentiality/acceptable-use agreement and a liability waiver provided by the election authority they will represent.  These documents will be provided after the application is approved.

Training

Each attorney will be provided a copy of the Election Judge Handbook from their represented election authority and shall be familiar with its contents, all of which is covered in the online election judge training curriculum.

After an application is approved, the attorney will receive access to the online training program (no MCLE credit) for the election authority the attorney will represent, i.e. the Board or the Clerk. Attorneys must complete the online election judge training provided by the election authority they will represent. 

The CBA will provide an additional complimentary hour-long training course that qualifies for MCLE credit on October 29, 2020 at 12 noon.  Election Day Field Representatives will receive a link to that program.  

Payment 

It is anticipated each attorney would be paid a flat fee of $500 for a full day of service on election day as described above.

Upon completion of a full day of service on November 3, 2020, each attorney must submit to the respective election authority a certification that they fulfilled all assigned duties and provided full and conflict-free representation to the election authority to qualify for payment.


Click here to apply to be an Election Day Field Attorney