|Become an election judge today.
Election Judges are essential to our democracy. They are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the elections process and is a great service to our community.
Duties of an Election Judge
- Check in registered voters
- Register new voters
- Demonstrate how to use voting equipment
- Assist elderly and disabled voters, if requested
- Open and close the polling place
- Responsible for election materials
- Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
- Distribute ballots and assist voters
- Obtain results after polls are closed
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What days and hours will I work?
A: Election judges work either the primary election, the general election, or both. Many judges work from 6 a.m.- approximately 9 p.m. You may choose to work half-days 6 a.m.-2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.- approximately 9 p.m.
Q: Can I take time off from work to serve as an election judge?
A: Yes. Minnesota law allows you to take off from work without penalty to serve as an election judge, if you give your employer 20 days prior written notice. An employer may reduce your salary or wages paid for serving as an election judge by the amount paid to you during the time you are absent from your place of employment.
Q: Is training provided?
A: Yes. Election judges are required to successfully complete a training class at least once every two years. Classes are two hours long and conducted during the day and the evening at Shoreview City Hall or training may also be done on-line.
Q: How am I assigned to work as an election judge?
A: Assignments are made based on several factors:
- Number of Vacancies: The number of vacancies in each precinct varies anywhere from 4 to 12 judges based primarily on the number of registered voters in the precinct.
- Work Area: The elections department will try to assign election judges as close to their home precinct as possible.
Q: When will I receive my election judge assignment?
A: Assignment letters for the primary election are mailed in July. Assignment letters for the general election are mailed in October. Last minute replacement assignments are made by telephone the week before or the day of the election.
Q: Will I be paid?
A: Yes. Chair judges earn $11.50 per hour and election judges earn $9.50 per hour.