Election Judge Overview

Election judges (poll workers) are paid officials who staff local polling places, carry out election procedures, and make sure that the rights of voters are protected. During a general election, there are more than 30,000 election judges who staff more than 4,100 precincts.

Apply to Be an Election Judge
Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community — apply to be an election judge.

Requirements, Wages and Time Off From Work

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and be able to read, write and speak English.
  • You must complete an election judge training course (at least two hours).
  • Election judges can choose to volunteer or be paid. Wages vary by city.
  • Employers are required to give employees time off to work as an election judge.

Position Descriptions
Election judges may switch among these positions during the day:

  • Head Judge is in charge of the polling place.
  • Greeter Judge directs traffic flow and maintains order.
  • Roster Judge signs in voters who registered in advance.
  • Registration Judge registers voters who did not register in advance.
  • Demonstration Judge explains how to mark a ballot.
  • Ballot Judge gives ballots to voters.
  • Ballot Counter Judge oversees the ballot box area and gives out “I Voted” stickers.