University of Illinois System

Election Judge Leave

The Illinois Election Code grants eligible employees unpaid leave time for the purpose of serving as an election judge within the State of Illinois.


Any person who is appointed as an election judge under Section 13-1 or 13-2 of the Illinois Election Code may be eligible to request this leave.

Approval & Documentation

The employee must provide his/her supervisor or department with written request for this leave at least 20 days in advance.

Length of Leave

The length of leave that is granted is dependent on the election judge appointment.

Reporting Leave

Civil Service non-exempt and other hourly employees should report voting leave as an "Excused Absence W/O Pay". If supervisory approval has been granted, an employee may substitute accrued vacation or personal leave for this unpaid leave.

Academic employees will only be required to report election judge leave when the length of the absence is equal to a half day or more of work. Employees in this situation should contact their department for reporting procedures.


Election Judge Leave is provided for under State of Illinois Compiled Statutes 10 ILCS 5 - Election Code.