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Become an election judge

Learn all about elections while helping your community.

See the October 6, 2020 update section for current election judge hiring needs for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Election judge information

Eligibility

Eligible voters who can read, write, and speak English, especially if you are multilingual. High school students ages 16 and older.

Pay

Pay varies depending on the city.

Time commitment

One evening of paid training and one shift on November 3, 2020.

Sign up

Fill out the online interest form. The information will be sent to your local election official. That official may contact you to complete an election judge application, schedule training, and assign you to a polling place.

Our interest form is closed for the season (See the October 6, 2020 update). Still want to help the November election run smoothly? Learn about voting absentee by mail.

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October 6, 2020 update

We are grateful for the tremendous willingness folks in the community have shown to step in and help out this election season by serving as an election judge!

Most cities in Hennepin County have filled all of their election judge positions. They no longer need election judges for the November 3, 2020 General Election. For this reason, our election judge sign up form is closed for the season.

Some cities may still be recruiting additional people either to serve in a backup capacity or to help meet statutory party balance requirements (see September 9, 2020 update for these requirements). For more information, contact your city election office.

Cities who may still need additional election judges for the November 3, 2020 General Election include:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Corcoran
  • Edina
  • Excelsior
  • Golden Valley
  • Greenwood
  • Hanover
  • Hopkins
  • Loretto
  • Maple Grove
  • Medicine Lake
  • Richfield
  • Rockford
  • Rogers
  • Spring Park
  • St Bonifacius
  • Wayzata
  • Woodland

September 9, 2020 update

Community members have been stepping up in large numbers this year to sign up to serve as election judges in Hennepin County for the November 3, 2020 General Election (some for the first time!). Many cities in Hennepin County are still in need of election judges. Most are looking to fill specific positions with people who:

  • affiliate with the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis, Legal Marijuana Now, or Republican parties, or who are not affiliated with any major political party (for cities to meet statutory party balance requirements for each polling place 204B.19, Subd. 5.; 204B.21 Subd. 2)
  • are fluent in languages in addition to English, especially speakers of Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Russian, and Oromo

People who are able to fill these specific needs are more likely to be contacted by a city about serving as an election judge after completing the interest form.

Party balance requirements

  • Each polling place/voting precinct is required by law to have
    • a minimum of two election judges that affiliate with different major political parties, and
    • no more than half of the election judges serving in a polling place be affiliated with the same major political party
  • Certain polling place tasks legally require two election judges of different major political parties to complete

Who can access election judge party affiliation information

Election judge party affiliation information is not public. Election officials use it to make work assignments. Other election judges in the same polling place use it to complete election day tasks that require two election judges of different major political parties.

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