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Serving as an election judge is an excellent way to get involved in your community and election judges are essential to our democracy. As an election judge you will learn election procedures and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner. Election judges are paid an hourly wage for training and polling place work. If you are interested in serving, please complete the below form.
Must be a United States citizen
Must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
Must be able to read, write and speak English
Must be willing to complete mandatory election judge training
Must not be related or live with a candidate on the ballot
Must not be a candidate in the election
Strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship
Communicate clearly with voters
Be available to work long hours on election day
Handle stressful situations calmly and professionally
Demonstrate attention to detail
Work as a team and follow directions
Comfortable using touch screen technology
The polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Poll workers will be required to work from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Plenty of breaks are provided. For ease of scheduling and maintaining party balance, we prefer judges work the full day and preference will be given to those that can work the full day. Please indicate hours you are willing to work:
A paid 2-hour training session is required for all election judges and can be completed online.
Due to major political party balance requirements (Minn. Stat. § 204B.19, Subd. 5), no more than half of the election judges in a precinct may be members of the same political party. MN law defines "member" as an individual who:
1. Supports the general principles of that party’s constitution
2. Voted for the majority of that party’s candidates in the last General Election OR
3. Intends to vote for a majority of that party’s candidates in the next General Election.
Polling place duties where judges handle voted ballots or assist voters in marking or interpreting the ballot require two judges of different major political parties to perform the work and declaring a major political party affiliation will greatly help in assigning judges. If you do not indicate a political party, the opportunities for you to serve as election judge may be limited.
Please indicate your party preference:
Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. § 13.43), your name, address, telephone number, party affiliation, email and direct deposit information are private data. You may choose not to provide some or all of this private data, but it may limit your ability to participate as an election judge. For example, your contact information is needed to provide information to you such as precinct assignment, training schedules, cancellation information, etc. By completing this information, you are consenting to allow information to be shared with payroll staff and election staff in order to administer this activity. This consent expires upon completion of this activity.
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