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Election Judges

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You must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Able to read, write and speak the English language
  • 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's spouse, parent, child or sibling
  • A candidate for the election in which you are serving

Your employer must:

  • Give time off from work to serve
  • Be provided with a 20-day written notice


  • Work at one or several elections during your term
  • Administer election procedures in the voting place
  • Help protect the rights of the voters on Election Day
  • Open and/or close the polls
  • Responsible for all election materials
  • Ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote only once
  • Distribute ballots
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Maintain order in the voting place throughout the day
  • Register new voters at the polling site
  • Obtain the results after the polls are closed
  • Certify the precinct election results


  • Election Judges are paid for their services:
    • Election Judges earn $12 per hour 
    • Head Election Judges earn $14 per hour