ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Less than two weeks to go until the presidential election and county clerks around the country are getting ready.

For St. Clair County clerk Tom Holbrook, that readiness includes the training of a thousand election judges and classes for those who want to serve as poll watchers.

“You have to represent a civic organization, a candidate or a party and you have to have credentials filled out by them,” he says. Those credintials are surrendered once the poll watcher enters the polling place.

Holbrook says poll watchers can talk to election authorities but protocol dictates they can’t directly interact with voters.

As for any security or safety concerns, Holbrook says they are in constant contact with the sheriff and Illinois state police calling as part of their normal procedure.

At least 1,000 election judges will be working the polls on November 8th in St. Clair County.

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