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.
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.