Judge for yourself: 30,000 election judges needed in Minnesota


Minnesota cities and counties are beginning to hire the 30,000 people who will oversee polling places across the state this year.

Secretary of State Steve Simon put out a call for election judges Wednesday and said people who are bilingual are especially encouraged to apply.

According to Simon, most judges will be hired by cities and counties during April and May and will get training over the summer in advance of the August 9 primary and the November 8 election.

He says judges handle all aspects of voting at the polling place, adding "They are critical to ensuring that elections not only happen, but that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.”


The pay for an election judge varies but MPR News says $10 an hour is typical.

Simon tells the network about 200,000 Minnesota voters speak a language other than English at home and bilingual judges will be equipped to answer their questions and help them register to vote.

Judges must be able to read and speak English and be eligible to vote in the state. A resource guide posted by Simon's office says they usually work from 6 in the morning until 9 at night, although half-day shifts can sometimes be arranged.

Election judges have a legal right to take time off from work without penalty.

Election judge applications for several of Minnesota's cities and counties are available here. You can also apply through one of the political parties recognized by the state.

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