Political Definitions

Every voter in Illinois resides in a precinct. There are 215 precincts in St. Clair County. In each precinct, voters are entitled to elect a Committeeman to represent them in the Republican Party. Precinct Committeemen are elected to a two-year term in general primary elections in even-numbered years. Committeemen are voting members in the political organization of the Republican Party, called the “Central Committee” in St. Clair county.

Pollwatchers sometimes referred to as challengers, checkers, or watchers, are election observers who aid in ensuring the free and fair conduct of elections. Pollwatchers may be in the polling place before the polls open, during the actual voting hours, after the polls close, and during early voting

Judges of elections are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day.  They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.

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