Election Judges

Thank You!

We conducted fair, efficient, and safe elections in 2020 due in no small part to all the Election Judges who stepped up to serve. We're grateful for those community members and look forward to working with them all again in 2022!  if you'd like to join the group of potential judges for 2022, please read below. 

Blue Earth County is always recruiting Election Judges!

Complete this application to serve your community. We're recruiting anyone over 18 years of age who are eligible to vote, as well as students who are 16 or 17 years old. We'll get you on our Election Judge list and be in contact with you as we get closer to the election. Please note, this communication will not be occurring until 2022, unless we have a special election.

Adopt a Precinct
Click the Adopt-a-Precinct Banner to learn how your Organization, Business, or School Group can Volunteer or Raise Funds while Serving Your Community and Participating in the Election!

Safety First

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're taking measures to ensure our Election Judges, voters, and elections staff are safe. While we know many voters will cast their votes from home, we still need Election Judges.  Our training will include new processes and measures our Election Judges will take on Election Day.  We will also be providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and doing our best to ensure a safe polling place. 

Duties of Election Judges

Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the voting place. Election judges help to guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Duties include:
  • Opening and closing the polls (judges work from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm or later; however half-day shifts may be available)
  • Being responsible for all election materials
  • Ensuring only qualified voters are permitted to vote only once
  • Distributing ballots
  • Helping voters requiring assistance
  • Maintaining order in the voting place throughout the day
  • Registering new voters at the polling site
  • Processing absentee ballots
  • Obtaining the results after the polls are closed
  • Certifying the precinct election results

Eligibility Requirements

Any person who resides in and is eligible to vote in the county where they serve is eligible to be an election judge. Judges are asked to state a political party preference. No more than half of the election judges in a precinct may be members of the same major political party.
  • 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 identification to prove your identity.
  • You must be affiliated with a major political party to complete some tasks and not stating a party may restrict your eligibility.
  • You cannot be the husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate or be domiciled (live with) a candidate, either permanently or temporarily.
  • You cannot 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.

Selection of Judges

The governing body of the municipality or township appoints election judges for precincts in a municipality and townships.

Student Election Judges

Students aged 16-18 may be eligible to be an election judge trainee. To be an election judge trainee, a person must meet the following criteria; 
  • Be age 16 or older
  • Be enrolled in a high school or be home-schooled in Minnesota
  • Have the approval of a parent and school principal
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English
Upon turning 18, students may serve as a regular election judge. To apply as an Election Judge Trainee, fill out the county's Election Judge application and read more in the Election Judge Trainee Guide.

Payment for Election Judge Services & Time Off Of Work

The pay varies according to precinct policy. Pay will be at least minimum wage. Like jury duty, Minnesota law allows you time off from work with full work pay if you give 20 days' prior notice to your employer.

Becoming an Election Judge

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please fill out the Election Judge Application. 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.

The Minnesota Secretary of State website has additional information on becoming an election judge.