Serving as an Election Judge is a great service to our community and essential to our democracy. Election Judges are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.
Duties of an Election Judge
Set up the polling place
Operate voting equipment
Direct voters to the correct line
Register individuals to vote
Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
Demonstrate how to vote
Distribute ballots to voters
Close down polling place following voting
Determine results after polls close
Certify the polling place results
Election Judges are required to take training provided by the county.
Required Qualifications to be an Election Judge
You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
You must be able to read, write, and speak English
You cannot be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct, unless serving on separate shifts.
You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, stepchild or sibling of an candidate on the ballot in that precinct
Desired Qualifications of an Election Judge
Ability to communicate clearly with voters
Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population
Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters