Serve as an Election Judge

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If you are interested in serving as an Election Judge, please complete and submit an Election Judge Application (PDF).

What is an Election Judge?

Election judges are essential to our democracy. They are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the elections process and is a great service to our community.

Requirements for Election Judges

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • You cannot serve at an election in the same district where your spouse, parent, child or sibling is a candidate.
  • You cannot serve in the same precinct with your spouse, parent, child or sibling.

Duties of an Election Judge

  • Check in registered voters.
  • Register new voters.
  • Demonstrate how to use voting equipment.
  • Assist elderly and disabled voters, if requested.
  • Open and close the polling place.

Student Eligibility

  • High school students at least 16 years old may serve as election judges.
  • College students are encouraged to serve as election judges on or near campus.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population

Required Training

Completion of a two-hour training class every two years. Training sessions cover basic provisions of the Minnesota election law, operating of voting systems, and related topics.

Days & Hours of Work

Election judges work either the primary or the general election, or both. Judges are asked to work from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m., or whenever closing activities are finished. If you desire a shorter shift that can be accommodated.

Time Off From Employment to Serve

Minnesota law allows you to take time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge if you give your employer 20 days prior written notice.

Learn More

To learn more about serving as an Election Judge, visit the Ramsey County Election Judge Page.