Be a Guardian of Democracy... Be An Election Judge

Election judges serve as guardians of Democracy. They are vital to efficient and honest elections. Election judges proudly conduct elections with accuracy, integrity and dignity. You can join this team of dependable and caring individuals who help ensure this basic right of U.S. citizenship: to vote in fair and free elections.

Who is eligible?

Any person who resides in and is eligible to vote in the county where they serve is eligible to be an election judge. You must be able to read, write and speak English and attend a training class. Judges must state a political party preference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days and be a citizen of the United States. You should be prepared to provide proof of 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.

Can I serve as election judge if I am unaffiliated with a political party?

Yes; however election judges working without party affiliation CANNOT perform any duties that require party balance.

How are the judges selected?

The governing body of the municipality or township appoints election judges for precincts in their jurisdiction. Persons interested in becoming an election judge should contact their local political party chair to be included on the party’s list of potential election judges. Preference is given to individuals who have registered with the parties.

Are election judges paid?

Yes. The pay varies according to precinct policy. Pay will be at least minimum wage.

Will my employer allow time off from work?

State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge. You must provide your employer with 20 days prior written notice.

What are some duties of election judges?

  • To open and close the polls (judges work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later)
  • To be responsible for all election materials
  • To ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each voter casts a single ballot
  • To distribute and ensure that all votes are cast in secret
  • To help voters requiring assistance
  • To operate voting equipment
  • To maintain order in the voting place throughout the day
  • To register new voters at the polling site
  • To process absentee ballots
  • To record and certify the precinct election results

What kind of training will be provided?

Election judges attend a two-hour training class.

How can I become an election judge?

If you are interested in being an election judge, please contact the Carver County Property Tax, Elections & License Centers Department for additional information at (952) 361-1910. Judges are trained and certified for two years and may work at one or several elections during their term of service.

Election Judge Application Form*

Complete the form by filling in your name, address, phone number and the township/city in which you reside within Carver County. Your local government clerk will call you for training when your service is needed. Judges are trained and certified for two years. They may work at one or several elections during their term of service.

Please fill out the Election Judge Application Form and mail it to:

Carver County Property Tax, Elections & License Centers Department,
Government Center, Administration Bldg,
600 E 4th Street,
Chaska, MN 55318-2102

2016 Election Judge Guide

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