Election Judges

Election Judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in each polling location on Election Day. Election Judges help guarantee the rights of voters are protected on Election Day and that the election process is fair and in accordance with our laws.

Election Judges are an integral part of making the election process work smoothly for voters. Election Judges take on multiple roles in each polling location:

  • Head Judge: manages the polling location and all other Election Judges
  • Greeter Judge: directs traffic flow and maintains order
  • Registration Judge: oversees use of poll books (iPads) and oversees the registration process for voters who need to complete their voter registration
  • Ballot Judge: oversees the ballot counter 
  • Additional duties include setting up and closing down the polling location, and certifying the polling location results.

If you are interested in serving your community in this way please complete the Election Judge Application and return it to the Clerk’s Office. To begin the process, you may:

Election Judges are paid $10 per hour and paid training is provided.

Minnesota State Law allows time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an Election Judge as long as you provide at least a 20-day notice to your employer.

Students who are at least 16 years of age may serve as Student Judges. Student Judges perform all job functions of a polling place and are paid $10 per hour.

Download a Student Election Judge flyer for more information.

Election Judges are required to attend a minimum of two hours of training, for which you will be paid.