With Election Day just hours away, candidates traveled the state Monday making last minute pitches to voters. But they're not the only ones working overtime election officials are also busy preparing polling places and working to ensure a fair vote.
Sue Schaefer is preparing for another election. The Rockford resident has served as an election judge for 12 years. "I feel it's a privilege to be an election judge. A privilege to vote,” says Schaefer.
But like most privileges there are also sacrifices. "The hardest part is waking up and getting to the polling place at 5:30 in the morning,” Schaefer says.
There's plenty of work to keep Sue and Rockford’s 575 election judges busy. They're making sure supplies and systems are ready to go and what happened in Florida doesn't happen here.
"I don't know how they made so many mistakes. I don't understand,” adds Schaefer.
"There are many checks in place. They votes are checked and certified at the polling place and then here. And the county also certified them. There are checks throughout the system,” comments Nancy Strain, the Executive Director of the Rockford Board of Elections.
Election judges have some tips for voters as they head to the polling place. Try to bring your voter ID card, read up on the candidates before casting a ballot and try to avoid the lunch and dinner time rush to the polls.