December Newsletter from the Lake County Clerk

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December 2023

The Lake County Clerk's Office Announces Increased Compensation For Pollworkers

The Lake County Clerk's Office is pleased to announce increased compensation for the diligent and dedicated pollworkers who play an essential role in ensuring the smooth conduct of elections within our community as a result of the recently approved budget passed by the Lake County Board on November 14.

The Office of the County Clerk relies on hundreds of community members to serve in a variety of roles to ensure adequate staffing for every election. It is the policy of the Office of the County Clerk to compensate these pollworkers for their time, training, and service in ensuring effective election administration.

Updated Compensation

Judges of Election:

  • Check-In Judge: $225 (increased from $165)
  • Voter Services Judge: $240 (increased from $195)
  • Ballot Box Judge: $285 (increased from $205)
  • Early Voting Judge: $15/hr (increased from $12/hr)

Election pollworkers undertake diverse roles crucial for the smooth functioning of elections, from check-in processes to managing polling sites and technical support for election equipment. Each role plays a pivotal part in ensuring a transparent and accessible democratic process for all community members.

The Lake County Clerk's Office encourages community members interested in becoming pollworkers to apply here. Join the ranks of our illustrious election worker community and be the proud face of democracy in action! Thank you to all the pollworkers for your dedication and commitment to fostering a robust electoral process in Lake County.

“I Voted” Sticker Design Contest Winner


The Lake County Clerk’s Office is delighted to announce the exceptional talents showcased in the recently concluded “I Voted” sticker design contest. After receiving over 220 submissions from creative young minds across Lake County, three outstanding individuals have been selected as winners in their respective categories.

The winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Annika - Winner of the 6th through 8th grade category and our grand prize winner from all grade levels.
  • Caleb - Winner of the Kindergarten through 5th grade category.
  • Puja - Winner of the 9th through 12th grade category.

Annika's exceptional artistry secured the grand prize, earning the honor of having her design transformed into the official Lake County “I Voted” sticker in 2024! Annika is a 7th-grade student at Woodlawn Middle School. After learning of her victory, Annika had the following to say, "I'm so happy! I've entered many drawing contests before but I've never won. I'm super excited and can't wait to see my drawing in a sticker!"


Caleb, a 4th-grade student at Beach Elementary School, impressed the judges with his imaginative and vibrant design in the Kindergarten through 5th grade category.


Puja, a senior at Barrington High School, stood out in the 9th through 12th grade category with a design that captured the essence of civic engagement and creativity.

“We were astounded by the talent and creativity displayed by all the participants in the ‘I Voted’ sticker design contest.” stated Anthony Vega, Lake County Clerk, “The dedication and enthusiasm shown by Annika, Caleb, and Puja is exemplary, and their designs truly embody the spirit of our community.”

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Annika, Caleb, and Puja for their outstanding achievement and thank all the participants for their remarkable submissions!

Election Equipment Open House


The Lake County Clerk's Office is excited to invite you to our Election Equipment Showcase events, where our dedicated elections staff will unveil our updated equipment set to enhance the 2024 elections! This is your chance to engage with the technology, understand its workings, and have all your questions addressed by our knowledgeable team.

Be a part of this informative and interactive session, ensuring transparency and confidence in our electoral process. Save the date and join us to witness the future of fair and efficient elections firsthand! Check out our website for a complete list of dates and locations, as more opportunities may be added, by going to LakeCountyClerk.Info.

The Lake County Board Recognizes November 2023 As Election Hero Month


We are thrilled to share that on Tuesday, November 14th, the Lake County Board granted special recognition proclaiming November 2023 as Election Hero Month! This recognition was presented to Election Judge Supervisor, Isorelia Hernandez and County Clerk, Anthony Vega by County Board Chair, Sandy Hart and County Board Member, Jennifer Clark. The proclamation is in honor of the many election clerks, pollworkers, election office staff, and more who work diligently to ensure safe, secure, and accessible elections.

Thank you, election heroes!

Election Worker Appreciation Brunch


Allow us to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our recent Election Worker Appreciation Brunch! Your presence made it an unforgettable celebration. The event was a testament to the dedication and the incredible spirit among our election workers. Your efforts were fundamental in ensuring the success of the elections and maintaining the integrity of our democratic process. Your commitment doesn't go unnoticed, and we're truly grateful for each and every one of you.

As we reflect on our collective achievements, we're also excited about working together again in the upcoming 2024 elections! Thank you for being the backbone of the electoral process in Lake County. Your continued support and dedication mean the world to us, and we can't wait to embark on this journey with such an amazing team once more.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year


As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, the Lake County Clerk's Office extends warm wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year ahead! This time of celebration brings us together in gratitude for the cherished moments and accomplishments we've shared. We're immensely thankful for your continuous support, trust, and participation in our community's endeavors. May this festive season fill your homes with laughter, love, and cherished memories. As we step into a brand-new year, let's embrace it with hope & resilience. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Lake County Clerk's Office!

Anthony Vega, Lake County Clerk
18 N. County Street, Room 101
Waukegan, IL 60085