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 letter to your employer, provided by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, to explain the law regarding time off from work to serve as an election judge.