Officials express concern over amount of available judges on Election Day

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CHICAGO — Officials with the Chicago Board of Elections Monday expressed concern over the amount of available judges on Election Day.

During a news conference Monday, Gov. JB Pritzker said he did not plan on postponing Tuesday’s election.

A steady stream of voters showed up to the new Super Site in the Loop Monday. Elected leaders in Illinois have urged the public to vote early to avoid large groups on Election Day.

“I would encourage everybody to go out and vote. Vote early. Vote today. It just takes a few minutes — lots of social distancing. There’s not a lot of people in there,” said voter Scott Cook.

But some election officials expressed concern over the amount of available judges.

‘This is not our call. This is people high up and I think you can tell we have expressed concern about this going back to last Wednesday,” said Jim Allen, Chicago Board of Elections.

The board of elections added a section to its website where citizens can sign up to be a judge. Four short videos on the site explain what is expected.

Early voting will stay open at the Super Site and the five other permanent sites until 7 p.m. Monday to help get people in to vote.

The other 51 locations throughout the city will close at 5 p.m. Monday.

“Please, please, please. I urge everyone not to go to those 50 sites automatically. That will cause them to be overwhelmed,” said Marisel Hernandez, Chicago Board of Elections.

Voting begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday and goes until 7 p.m.

The city election board said it moved about 10% of its polling places due to COVID-19. They’re encouraging voters to call or look up their polling site is.

Election officials said they are concerned some election judges will not show up Tuesday. Most are older citizens and the most susceptible to the severe effects of COVID-19.

“If you’re young, healthy and haven’t traveled recently — and you find your polling place needs help — you may offer to be sworn in to help make this election work,” said Hernandez.

Officials said they were in talks to make sure sanitation equipment was ready to go on Election Day.

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