are looking for Election Judges!
Who can apply
You must be
eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read,
write and speak English. Students 16 and 17
years-old can be election judge trainees.
restrictions on having relatives serve together as
election judges. A relative is defined as a spouse,
parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or
serve together in the same precinct at the same
time. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and
anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the
same house as a candidate, cannot serve in the
precinct where the candidate is on the ballot.
serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.
You can choose to
volunteer or be paid. Wages vary by city.
election judges, such as Head Judges, usually earn
more than entry level election judges.
must be paid no less than two-thirds of the minimum
You must attend a
required training that will be roughly two hours in
length. Many classes are in the evenings. Most
trainings are held in the late Spring or early
Work days are the primary and general elections. A smaller
workforce is usually needed for the primary. In some
cases, you can ask to only work the general election
WORK DAY SCHEDULE
A typical schedule
on Election Day is from 6:00 a.m. to around 9:00
p.m. In some cases, you can ask to work a half-day.
Right to time off
from work to serve
Your employer is
required to give you time off from work to be an
election judge without a reduction in pay. To
qualify, you must:
- Notify your
employer in writing at least 20 days in advance of
- Attach a copy of
your schedule and pay rate form to your written
notice. The schedule and pay rate will be provided
by the jurisdiction that hires you as an election
reduction in pay" means you get to earn at least the
same amount you would have, had you gone to work
that day. In practice, this means your employer can
ask you to turn over the amount you earn as an
election judge during hours you would have normally
been scheduled to work, or your employer can deduct
that amount from your normal pay.
You can voluntarily
take a vacation day to be fully paid by your
employer and receive the judge salary you earn as
extra income. An employer cannot force you to take
vacation or any other form of paid leave.
You can give your
employer this memo about time off (PDF), explaining
your right to receive time off to serve as an
High school student
16 and 17-year-old
students can work as election judge trainees,
receive training, and be paid for their work. Itís a
great way to learn about elections and voting, and
earn cash at the same time!
You cannot be asked
to work past 10:00 p.m. You will be assigned the
same duties as other judges, with the exception of
tasks requiring party affiliation. You will need to
attend and complete the same training as other
To qualify, you
must be 16 or 17 on or before Election Day, be a
U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a
Minnesota high school (or home schooled), and get
permission for your parents and your school.
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