Under the story about the Nunda 19 election judge’s experience is the following from “Disappointed in our system.”
The writer points out the difference in pay between election judges and technical people and suggests the hiring technical people may have been influenced by patronage:
As an election judge, I served in four elections.
The first three while Katherine Schultz held office.
I was contacted in January to serve as an election judge.
I didn’t know, nor, was I told the responsibilities were changing among judges; technical and deputy registrar were now included.
I learned of the changes during this years training session when Meghan Honea directed all tech people to go into another room for training.
In previous years election judges were responsible for all duties; administrative and technical.
I contacted and confirmed with other judges, they also didn’t know changes were made.
The tech person assigned to our precinct didn’t know how to set up the touch screen or tabulator machines; another judge set the tabulator machine the night before and Ed Gill came in hours after the polls had opened to get the touch screen working and to put correct labels in the E-PollBooks.
Throughout most of the day our tech person sat in back doing her school homework and was no help at all.
Speaking with other judges I was told their tech people didn’t serve any purpose.
They mostly sat around doing nothing.
The wife of a committeemen, currently in office, who served as a tech, was asked by a judge if she would change paper in one of the machines, she told that judge she didn’t know how.
A comment our tech person made when asked to do something said she did not receive in-depth training.
I arrived at my precinct at 5:00 a.m. and didn’t leave until 9:30 p.m., it was a very long day.
I recently found out how much the tech people are going to be paid versus the judges who served in this very stressful day.
it is so unfair and angers me that election judges are paid $25.00 to attend training and $140.00 for serving.
To those of you whom served as judges, the tech people receive, $75.00 for attending training and $225.00 for showing up on Election Day.
I only know of a handful that didn’t serve any purpose and will be paid $300.00 for doing absolutely nothing.
I agree, every judge served should be asked how they really feel.
I would like to know who approved this and how it could happen considering the budget crisis Illinois is currently in.
Is it nepotism?
How many tech people know someone who works for McHenry County?