Help voters in your community

We need you!

Minneapolis needs Election Judges for the upcoming election on November 8. Election judges work in the 132 polling places located throughout the city, making sure every eligible ballot can be cast and counted. Minneapolis needs close to 2,000 election judges to make Election Day happen. Could you be one?

As of Aug. 1, election judges will be paid $13.30 an hour, and can work full or partial shifts. Depending upon your schedule and preferences, you can choose to work either the Primary, General Election, or both, at a polling place close to where you live or anywhere in the city.

Apply Online Now

If you are a returning election judge, please visit our new election worker portal to indicate you are interested in working again and to update your profile.

For questions about serving as an Election Judge, call (612) 673-3870 or email

REQUIREMENTS for serving as an election judge

State requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Must read, write, and speak English
  • Must complete an election judge training course (at least two hours)
  • Must not be the spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or stepsibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate in that election
  • Must not live, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot at that election
  • Must not be a candidate in the election

City of Minneapolis requirements

  • Enjoy assisting and serving diverse populations
  • Able to communicate clearly with voters
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship
  • Available to work long hours
  • Able to handle stressful situations calmly and professionally
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills/familiarity
  • Fluency in Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, and/or American Sign Language (desired)


State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages (Minnesota Statute 204B.195).

To qualify, you must provide your employer with at least 20 days written notice and the pay rate you will receive to serve as an election judge.

Your employer may:

  • Reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid as an election judge during the time you are away from work.
  • Restrict the number of its employees serving as election judges to no more than 20 percent from a single work site.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.