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Become an Election Judge

Election judges are essential to our democracy, as they are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place on Election Day.

Become an Election Judge graphicElection judges help guarantee the rights of voters are protected and ensure the election process is fair, accurate and in accordance with election laws. Serving on a team of elections judges is a wonderful, rewarding experience and also a great way to meet your neighbors!

State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an Election Judge with 20 days prior written notice to the employer. (Minnesota Statute 204B.195.)

State Primary — Aug. 11
General Election — Nov. 3


6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. — full day is preferred
6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to close shifts available


  • Be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
  • Able to read, write and speak English understandably
  • Attend mandatory training (2-3 hours; paid time)
  • Not related to or living with any candidate in the election


  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Ability to remain impartial
  • Physical and mental ability to perform assigned tasks
  • Attention to detail and general math skills
  • Ability to understand and follow election laws and procedures
  • Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population


  • Set up and close down the polling place
  • Register and sign in voters
  • Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Demonstrate how to vote
  • Distribute ballots
  • Operate voting equipment
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Record and certify precinct election results

For more information, contact City Clerk Kathleen Porta at 952-949-8414.