Election judges are needed to help administer elections. Many election judges are needed to make sure this process goes smoothly. Elections judges are appointed by their cities, townships and school districts.
Election judges open and close the polls on election day. They 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. To learn more about being an election judge, read the state’s Election Judge Trainee brochure.
Election judges are paid for their work. The pay rate is set by cities, townships and school districts.
Apply to be an election judge
You can apply to become an election judge in person at the following locations:
You can also complete an Election Judge Application online. Fill out an application.
Election judge requirements
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
Employers are required to give you time off from work to serve as an election judge during state elections (even years). A 20-day written notice must be provided to your employer.
For more information, see Minnesota Statutes 204B.195.
For more ways to be involved in elections, visit mnvotes.org.