Apply to work on Election Day

We are now fully staffed for Election Day and will no longer be taking applications for November 3. Thank you!

Help voters in your community

Smiling poll workers standing in front of the tabulator on Election Day

We’ve received unprecedented numbers of election judge applications this year.

We are very grateful for this community support. We will be fully staffed on November 3.

If you have already applied but are not currently assigned

The City will notify you when we need workers for future elections (in 2021 and beyond). We hope to work with you in the coming years.

We encourage you to seek out other ways to help Minnesotans vote safely this year. You can connect with community organizations working to:

  • Register voters
  • Educate people about early voting
  • Get out the vote

Thank you for your interest in helping elections run smoothly.

About the job

We hire new judges each election. We also need to use many experienced judges to keep the polls running smoothly.

  • Earn $17.15 per hour
  • Work a full day (16 hours) or half day (8 hours)
  • Attend a three-hour paid training session before Election Day
  • Choose which elections to work in and a preferred location to work

Requirements to be an election worker

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.

Contact us

Election Judge Coordinator




Elections & Voter Services
980 Hennepin Ave. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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