Election judges

Want to serve your country?
Be an election judge!

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?

  • Open and close the polls
  • Set up voting equipment
  • Register and sign in voters
  • Distribute and collect ballots
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Record and certify vote totals

How do I become an election judge?

Fill out the election judge application (PDF) and return it to the City of Minnetonka., 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345.

Who is eligible?

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

How much time does it take?

You may be assigned to the primary, the general or both elections. 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.