Election Judges

Who are election judges?

Election judges are needed to help administer elections. They  open and close the polls on election day and help voters who need assistance, ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote and certify precinct election results. Sometimes election judges are hired to process absentee ballots with the Absentee Ballot Board. 

Elections judges are appointed by their cities, townships and school districts. Election judges are paid for their work. The pay rate is set by cities, townships and school districts

Who is eligible?

To be an election judge, you must be:                

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
  • A citizen of the United States (Identification may be required.)   
  • Able to read, write, and speak the English language
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Appointed by the municipal clerk
  • Able to attend biennial training sessions 

You cannot be:

  • Related to another election judge in the same precinct
  • A candidate for the election in which you are serving
  • A candidate’s spouse, parent, child, brother or sister 
  • Living with a candidate on the ballot at that election, either permanently or temporarily

How can I become an election judge?

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please fill out the Election Judge Application Form and return it to our office by e-mail.

Complete the card by signing your name, address, phone number and selecting your precinct. Your local government clerk will call you for training when your service is needed. Judges are trained and certified for two years. They may work at one or several elections during their term of service.