Apply for election judge jobs

Minneapolis needs you! Work in one of the city's 132 polling place on Election Day helping voters cast their ballots, and get paid $13.30 an hour for your service.

You have choices regarding when and how you serve as an election judge, including:

  • Request a polling place close to where you live or let us know if you're open to working anywhere in the City.
  • Work at the Primary Election, the General Election, or both.
  • Work part of the day or the full day.
  • Choose a paid three-hour training session before you serve that fits your schedule.

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Returning Election Judges, visit our new election worker portal to let us know you are interested in working again and to update your profile.

Requirements to be an election judge

State requirements

  • Must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English
  • Must complete mandatory election judge training
  • 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

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship
  • Able to communicate clearly with voters
  • Enjoy assisting and serving diverse populations
  • Available to work long hours on Election Day
  • Handle stressful situations calmly and professionally
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Work as a team member and follow directions
  • Comfortable using technology

Fluency in Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, and/or American Sign Language is desired.

Election Judge Pay

Election judges can choose to volunteer or can be paid to serve, including for completing required training before Election Day.

Minneapolis election judges are paid an hourly wage to attend a training class and for service on Election Day. The current hourly wage is $12.60 per hour, and is increasing to $13.30 per hour on Aug. 1.

Time Off from WORK to Serve AS AN ELECTION JUDGE

State law allows for time off from work to serve as an election judge 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. Elections & Voter Services will provide you with this notice.

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
You may voluntarily take a vacation day to be fully paid by your employer and receive election judge pay as extra income; however, an employer may not force you to take vacation or any other form of paid leave.

You may give this memo, provided by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, to your employer to explain the law regarding time off from work to serve as an election judge

What election judges do

Election judges are the people who help their neighbors cast ballots in every election by running each polling place. Election judges take on multiple roles in the polling place, and you may be assigned to one or more of the following positions during an election day:
  • Head Judge: manages 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 need to complete their voter registration on Election Day
  • Demonstration Judge: explains how to mark a ballot
  • Ballot Judge: provides the ballots to 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


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.

For questions about serving as an election judge, call (612) 673-3870 or e-mail

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Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.