Judges ensure that the voting process goes smoothly and honestly. Serving as an election judge is a great way to meet your neighbors and protect one of our most cherished freedoms—the right to vote.

What do election judges do?

Elections judges are responsible for:

  • Opening and closing the polls
  • Setting up voting equipment
  • Registering and signing in voters
  • Distributing and collecting ballots
  • Helping voters requiring assistance
  • Recording and certifying vote totals

Become an Election Judge

Election Judges are only hired during even year elections.  During the even year a link to an application will be available in this section.

To be an election judge you must:

  • Be eligible to vote
  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Attend a required training session
  • Declare your party affiliation (state law requires this to make sure that no more than half of the election judges at a polling place are from any one party)

The following are not eligible:

  • A spouse, parent, child or sibling of another election judge at the same polling place
  • A candidate in the election
  • A person domiciled with a candidate on the ballot

To become an Election Judge, please complete the online application.

How much time does it take?

The majority of shifts are for the full day (6 a.m. until the closing of the polls and end of day tabulation.) Some ½ day shifts are also available.

Will I be paid? Can I take time off work?

State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge with 20 days prior written notice to the employer. Minnetonka election judges are paid for training and an hourly wage on election day.