Wednesday, May 24, 2017

August 9, 2016: Primary Election
November 8, 2016:
General Election


Required qualifications for an election judge

To serve as an election judge or trainee you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a Minnesota resident
  • not have had your voting rights revoked
  • read, write, and speak English
  • attend a two-hour training session

An election judge cannot be:

  • the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct
  • the candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in that precinct

Preferred qualifications for an election judge

Ideally, election judges are able to:

  • communicate clearly with voters
  • enjoy assisting and serving diverse populations
  • be available to work long hours
  • handle stressful situations calmly
  • demonstrate attention to detail
  • have excellent math skills
  • speak a second language

Image Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Secretary of State's website


Time off from work

You can take time off from work to be an election judge. Before doing so, you must give your employer at least 20 days written notice. The clerk will give you a form that shows the hours you will work as a judge and your hourly rate. Attach this form to the written notice to your employer. Your employer can reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid for being a judge during the hours you are away from work. An employer can also restrict the number of persons serving to less than 20 percent from any single work site.

Election judges will earn $11 per hour. Head judges, who serve as the precinct supervisor, will earn $13 per hour.

If you are interested in serving as an election judge in Lakeville, submit the online form below. For more information, call (952) 985-4404.

Election Judge Application
  1. Your name
  2. Street address
  3. City, state, zip code
  4. Your e-mail address(*)
    Please enter a valid e-mail address.
  5. Home phone
  6. Cell phone
  7. Polling place where you prefer to work (does not guarantee assignment in that precinct):
  8. Political party designation:
    Please indicate your political party.
  9. Training sessions for the Primary Election will be held in July. Training sessions for the General Election will be held in October. State law mandates two hours of training every two years. Please indicate when you are available:
  10. I am able to work for the August 9, 2016 Primary Election:
  11. I am able to work for the November 8, 2016 General Election:
  12. I am interested in being a Head Election Judge:

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