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Become an Election Judge

Election judges are paid officials who staff local polling places, carry out  election procedures and make sure that the rights of voters are protected. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections and is a great service to the community.

Fill out this application and forward it to our office if you are interested.

Requirements, Wages and Time off from Work

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read, write and speak English.
  • You must complete an election judge training course (at least 2 hours).
  • Election judges can choose to volunteer or be paid.  Wages vary by County and/or City.
  • State law allows you to receive time off from work to be an election judge. The jurisdiction hiring you will provide a form with your scheduled hours and pay rate. Notify your employer in writing at least 20 days in advance, and attach a copy of your schedule and pay rate form. Your employer can reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid for being a judge during the hours you are away from work. Or, you can voluntarily take a vacation day to be fully paid by your employer and receive the judge salary you earn as extra income. An employer cannot force you to take vacation. See Minnesota Statutes 204B.195 for more information.