Election Judges

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Serve the community and promote the democratic process!

Election judges staff local polling places for the primary and general election. You can earn money, meet your neighbors and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner.

Submit an election judge application today!

Duties of an Election Judge

  • Check in registered voters 
  • Register new voters 
  • Show 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

Will I be paid?

Yes. Head judges earn $11.50/hour and election judges earn $9.50/hour.

What days and hours will I work?

Election judges work either the primary election, the general election, or both. Many judges work from 6 am - approximately 9 pm. You may choose to work half-days 6 am-2:30 pm or 2 - approximately 9 pm.

Can I take time off from work to serve as an election judge? 

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.

Is training provided?

Yes. Election judges must complete a two-hour training. We offer online and in-person classes.

How am I assigned to work as an election judge?

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. 

When will I receive my election judge assignment?

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.