Responsibilities of Election Judges
Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place. Election judges help to guarantee the rights of voters are protected on election day.
Any person who resides in and is eligible to vote in the state where they serve is eligible to be an election judge. Judges must state a political party affiliation, if they have one, and no more than half the judges in a precinct may belong to the same major political party.
You may take time off from your regular job without penalty, other than a reduction in wages equal to those wages you earn while serving as an election judge. A person selected to serve as an election judge must give 20 days written notice prior to the election to his or her employer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will be taking extra precautions to provide election judges with safe and sanitary work areas, as well as promoting social distancing.
For more information about the duties to be performed as an election judge, please check out the polling place reference guide for 2020 elections.
Election judges perform the following duties:
- You must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days, and a citizen of the United States. You should be prepared to provide identification to prove your identity.
- You cannot be the husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate or be related to another election judge in the same precinct.
- You cannot be a candidate for the election in which you are serving as a judge.
- You cannot be a judge unless you can read, write, and speak the English language understandably