Student election workers

Students as young as 16 can serve as election workers in the November 3 general election. You can earn up to $300 while helping your neighbors vote.

Students learn how we run elections

Election workers serve as part of a team of community members to run a polling place on Election Day. As a student election worker, you would help with a variety of activities during the day, including:

  • Greeting voters
  • Helping voters register
  • Checking in registered voters
  • Explaining how to mark a ballot

If you speak a language in addition to English, you may be able to provide language support to voters who need it.

Apply to be a student election worker

Who can apply

To apply as a student election worker, you must be a:

  • U.S. citizen
  • High school student age 16 or older
  • Resident of Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne or Wright County

We work with coordinators at many area high schools, but students from any educational program or youth group from the counties listed above may apply.


If you are under 18, you need a parent or guardian to sign the application form.

If you serve during the school year, your principal also must give permission after your training.



We staff many polling places in the city on Election Day. You can ask to be assigned as close to home as possible or agree to work anywhere in the city where we need help.

Most polling places are located close to public transportation in buildings such as:

  • Park buildings
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Large apartment buildings

Pay and hours

  • You can choose to volunteer or be paid.
  • We pay $17.15 an hour.
  • You must attend a three-hour training course.
  • Choose a shift to work on Election Day:
    • Full day: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Opening: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Closing: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hear from past student election workers

Learn what other students learned and what they thought about serving as election workers.

Contact us

Student Election Judge Coordinator

Phone numbers

612-673-1170 (call)

612-673-2756 (fax)

612-518-2149 (text)


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

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