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Election Judge Information

Lake Elmo’s polling locations are staffed by citizens who are appointed as election judges. To serve as an election judge, you must be eligible to vote in an election, must declare what party you consider yourself affiliated with, and you cannot be the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or any candidate of that election.

Serving as an Election Judge

  • Election judges will serve on Primary Election Day, the second Tuesday in August, General Election Day, the first Tuesday in November, and during any special elections.
  • Election judges may be asked to serve in the precinct where they live or elsewhere in the county or state.
  • Election judges may serve all day from 6:00AM until the election process is completed; or a partial day from 6AM to 2PM; or from 2PM until the election process is completed

Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to give something back to the community.

Below are some frequently asked questions about election judges. For more information, or if you are interested in serving as an election judge, please call 651-747-3900.

What are election judges?
Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in each polling place on Election Day. Election judges help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.

What are some duties of an election judge?

  • Set up for 7AM opening of the polls
  • Aid voters signing into the precinct
  • Distribute ballots to voters
  • Monitor precinct ballot counter
  • Register new voters
  • Help voters who require assistance
  • Record and certify vote totals

Who is eligible to be an election judge?
An election judge must be: 1. Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota; 2. Able to read, write and speak English; 3. Appointed by the City Council and; 4. trained and currently certified as an election judge.
Party balance must be maintained within each polling place. Minnesota election law requires that not more than one half of the judges in a polling place belong to the same major political party.

Are election judges paid?
Yes, election judges are paid an hourly wage. State law allows time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge with 20 days prior notice to the employer. The City Clerk can provide an employer’s notification letter to persons to use with their employer. Judges work at either or both the Primary election and the General election.

How are election judges selected?
Appointments are made by the City Clerk, depending on the needs for each election, and approved by the City Council. All appointments must occur at least 25 days before an election.

How are election judges trained?
Judges are required to attend a state mandated, two-hour training class. Judges are paid to attend the class. For 2016, election judge training will be held on July.