Change the Routine – Serve as an election judge

Minneapolis needs you! Learn more about becoming an election judge, and apply online now.


Ever thought about helping out in a polling place on Election Day? Election judges are the people who help their neighbors cast ballots in every election running each polling place. Minneapolis needs close to 2,000 election judges to make Election Day happen. Could you be one?

Election Judge Duties

You may be assigned to one or more of the following positions during an election day:
  • Head Judge: 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: provides the ballots to the voters
  • Ballot Counter Judge: oversees the ballot counter and hands out "I Voted" stickers
  • Additional duties include setting up and closing down the polling place, and certifying the polling place results

Minneapolis Election Judge Credo

As election judges we serve as the Gatekeepers of Democracy.

As the public's guardians of freedom within a democratic society, we are responsible for the integrity of the election process.

On behalf of the people of the city of Minneapolis we proudly conduct elections with accuracy, integrity and dignity.

We conduct ourselves and serve the voters in a manner that maintains public trust and confidence in honest and impartial elections.

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

Employment Opportunities with Elections

Learn more about other opportunities to join the Elections team in the months leading up to each election.

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.