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Election Judge Application/Information:

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Election Judge.  We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 General Election. We will begin accepting applications again starting in 2018.
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We will notify you for training if you are selected to work. Judges are trained and certified for two years. They may work at one or several elections during their terms of service.

With questions contact the City Clerk's Office or call 952-895-4490.

Election Judge Requirements:

You must be:
  • At least 18 years old
  • Minnesota/Dakota County resident for at least 20 days
  • Citizen of the United States (Identification may be required)
  • Able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Eligible to vote and reside in the state
  • Appointed by the municipal clerk
  • Able to attend biennial training sessions

You cannot be:
  • Related to another election judge in the same precinct and work at the same time
  • A candidate's spouse, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, brother or sister, or live in same household as candidate
  • A candidate for the election in which you are serving

Employer's of Election Judges Must:
  • Provide time off from work to employee serving as an election judge   
  • Be provided a 20-day written notice from employee serving as an election judge

Payment of Services:
  • Election judges are paid for their services, including all training
  • If you would like to volunteer your time, please let staff know   

For more information, see Minnesota State Statutes

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

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Comfortable with serving a diverse population
  • Ability to remain impartial
  • Physical and emotional stamina
  • Detail-oriented
  • General math skills
  • Fluency in second language

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