Serving as an Election Judge

Become an Election Judge

Election Judges are needed to help administer elections. Many Election Judges are needed to make sure this process goes smoothly. Election Judges are appointed by the City. Election Judges open and close the polls on Election Day. They help voters who need assistance, ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote and certify precinct election results. Sometimes Election Judges are hired to process Absentee Ballots with the Absentee Ballot Board. To learn more about being an Election Judge, read the State's Election Judge Trainee Brochure (PDF).

Eligibility Requirements

To be an Election Judge, you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
  • A citizen of the United States (identification may be required)
  • Able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Appointed by the Municipal Clerk
  • Able to attend biennial training sessions

You cannot be:

  • Related to another Election Judge in the same precinct
  • A candidate for the election in which you are serving
  • A candidate's spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister
  • Living with a candidate on the ballot at that election, either permanently or temporarily

Employer Requirements

  • Employers are required to give you time off of work to serve as an Election Judge during State elections (even years)
  • A 20-day written notice must be provided to your employer

For more information, see Minnesota Statutes 204B.195.

Payment of Services

Election Judges are paid for their services. The pay varies according to precinct policy. For more information, see Minnesota State Statutes.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Administer election procedures in the voting place
  • Open and/or close the polls
  • Process absentee ballots
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Help protect the rights of voters on Election Day
  • Register new voters at the polling site
  • Distribute ballots
  • Ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote only once
  • Maintain order in the voting place throughout the day
  • Responsible for all election materials
  • Work at one or several elections during your term
  • Obtain the results after the polls are closed
  • Certify the precinct election results

Contact Information

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming an election judge, you can mail the Election Judge Application (PDF) form to:
Christy Wilcox
City Clerk
125 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Email Christy Wilcox

Phone: 651-554-326