Cook County Clerk David Orr honored the top election judges in suburban Cook County Thursday at the ninth annual Judge Recognition Ceremony.

Nearly 65 election judges throughout suburban Cook County received special recognition for their continued excellence and dedication serving voters on Election Day.

One of the dedicated honorees was 52-year Election Day veteran Mary Ann Anifer of Palos Hills. “We are very fortunate to be able to vote in this country and if I can help someone else vote in the process, I’m all for it,” said the Palos Township equipment manager. “This is a very important part of life–your vote is your voice and if you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice.”

Clerk Orr, joined by CBS 2 News reporter Derrick Young who emceed the event, lauded the guests for their outstanding efforts and dedication as election judges and equipment managers.

“Everyone here is the best at what they do,” Orr said. “We know that each polling place is in excellent hands when you’re on duty.”

The honorees ranged in age from 20 to 87 and hold well over 500 years of combined election experience. The ceremony and lunch were held at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St.

Crestwood resident Lois Nutley, another revered judge with decades of experience, was also honored for her 45 years of service to Bremen Township.

Berwyn Township equipment manager Miriam Acevedo recalled one experience in particular that has kept her coming back for 15 years. “During my second year, an elderly woman that had just become an American citizen came into my precinct to vote for the first time in her life,” the Cicero resident said. “She was not allowed to vote in her home country and was worried that she would vote incorrectly and get in trouble. We worked through it together and the smile she had on her face was all the reward I needed.”

Suburban Cook County’s nearly 10,000 election judges are responsible for preparing their designated polling place, setting up election equipment, assisting voters and securing votes at the end of the night. All judges attend regular trainings each election cycle to learn new policies, procedures and techniques.

To view a photo album of the ceremony click here. A video of the event is now available on the Clerk’s YouTube channel.

The Clerk’s office is always looking for individuals to serve their communities on Election Day. Anyone interested in learning how to apply to become a pollworker can visit the Clerk’s website for details.

FROM DAILY HERALD —-

Cook County Clerk David Orr honored election judges from throughout suburban Cook County for their exemplary work at a reception at his downtown Chicago offices.
Courtesy of Bryan Docter, Cook County Clerk’s Office
Daily Herald report
Cook County Clerk David Orr honored nearly 65 of the county’s nearly 10,000 election judges from throughout suburban Cook County last week at the ninth annual Judge Recognition Ceremony.

Orr lauded the guests for their outstanding efforts and dedication as election judges and equipment managers. “We know that each polling place is in excellent hands when you’re on duty.”

The honorees ranged in age from 20 to 87. Crestwood resident Lois Nutley was honored for her 45 years of service.

Equipment manager Miriam Acevedo of Cicero recalled helping an elderly woman that had just become a citizen vote for the first time. “She was not allowed to vote in her home country and was worried that she would vote incorrectly and get in trouble. We worked through it together and the smile she had on her face was all the reward I needed.”

Honorees from the Northwest suburbs by township were Barrington: Janice Dahm of South Barrington and Jang Koo of Hoffman Estates; Elk Grove: Hans Lim and EF Gina Smith, both of Mount Prospect; Hanover: Suzan Shipyor and Bennie Sowers, both of Elgin; Leyden: Linda Bachi and Dorene Brandstatter, both of Elmwood Park; Maine: Zbigniew Iwaniszyn of Niles and Abba Rabinovitz of Des Plaines; Palatine: John Dorman of Arlington Heights and Fredricka Thigpen of Palatine; Schaumburg: Isabel Lopez and Pralhad Patil, both of Schaumburg; and Wheeling: Daniel Hostetler of Mount Prospect and Lenore Stevens of Arlington Heights.

Election judges are responsible for preparing their designated polling place, setting up election equipment, assisting voters and securing votes at the end of the night. All judges attend regular trainings each election cycle to learn new policies, procedures and techniques. Anyone interested in learning how to apply to become a poll worker can visit the clerk’s website for details.

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