Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community. Election Judges help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected and are responsible for administering election procedures in polling location on election day. Election judges are paid for training and work in the polls on election day. The rate is $10.25/hour for regular judges and $11.50/hour for lead judges. By law, your employer must give you time off to work as an election judge. You must give your employer at least 20 days written notice. Your employer can reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid as an election judge.
Judges open and close the polls, register new voters at the polling location, distribute ballots, protect voter privacy, calculate and certify results. Below are the main election judge positions.
To serve as an election judge, you must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and be able to read, write, and speak English. However, an election judge cannot be a candidate in the election, be closely related to a candidate or closely related to another election judge in the same precinct. (Closely related means a spouse, parent, child, or sibling.) In addition, you must complete an election judge training course before you serve. You will attend a class at least two hours in length, and your certification is valid for two years.
Student Election Judge Trainees. Students age 16 and 17 can be election judge trainees. To serve, students must be a U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school (or home schooled). They must also obtain school and parental permission, and serve in the county where they reside. Like other judges, they do not have to serve the entire day; they cannot work past 10 p.m. Trainees are assigned the same duties as other judges, with the exception of tasks requiring party affiliation. Trainees must attend and complete the same training as other judges.
If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please complete the Election Judge Application and return to City Clerk Deb Little.