Election Judges

Edina's polling locations are staffed by citizens who are appointed as election judges. 

Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to give back to the community. Come work with us!

Judges Sought From Parties Other Than DFL

  • Republican Party
  • Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
  • Legal Marijuana Now Party

Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age or a high school student at least 17 years old
  • A U.S. citizen and a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
  • Declare which party you are affiliated with, if any
  • Able to read, write and speak English understandably
  • Attend mandatory paid training
  • Must not be the spouse, parent, step-parent, child, sibling or step-sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate on the ballot at that election
  • Must not live, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot at that election
  • Must not live with any election judge serving in the same precinct

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to understand and follow election laws, regulations and procedures
  • Ability to remain impartial
  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Physically and mentally able to perform assigned tasks
  • Attention to detail and general math skills
  • Enjoy assisting and serving diverse populations

Duties of an Election Judge Include

  • Set up and close down of the polling place
  • Greet and assist voters
  • Register and sign in voters
  • Demonstrate proper method for completing a ballot
  • Distribute ballots to voters
  • Operate voting equipment
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Record and certify precinct results

How to Apply

The next application cycle is in 2024. The online application will be posted here. 

If you have questions, please email Kari Sinning in the City Clerk's Office.

Election Judge Application

  1. What Is an Election Judge?

    Election judges are essential to our democracy. They are responsible for administering the election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. Serving as an election judge is a great opportunity to serve our community and be involved in the election process.

  2. Work Hours

    6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. on Election Days.

  3. Pay (Hourly)

    $15 - Election Judge
    $17 - Head Election Judge

  4. 2024 Election Days
    • Tuesday, March 5 - Presidential Nomination Primary
    • Tuesday, April 30 - Hennepin County Commissioner District 6 Special Primary Election
    • Tuesday, May 14 - Hennepin County Commissioner District 6 Special Election
    • Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Statewide Primary Election
    • Tuesday, Nov. 5 - General Election
  5. Requirements
    • At least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days, or a high school student at least age 17
    • Able to read, write and speak English understandably
    • Mandatory paid training
    • Must not be the spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling or step-sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate in this election
    • Must not live, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot at that election
    • Must not live with any election judge serving in the same precinct
  6. About This Job

    Read the Desired Qualification and Job Duties  (scroll above if already on Election Judge webpage; link opens in new tab) before proceeding with this application.

  7. Review of Job Confirmation*
  8. About Yourself
  9. If you would like a nickname on your badge instead of your formal first name, please enter it here

  10. Are you 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen?*
  11. Party Affiliation*
  12. Do you read, write and speak English?*
  13. Are you a candidate for or do you currently hold public or political party office?*
  14. Are you a relative of or live with any candidate for any of the offices on the ballot?*
  15. Do you have a relative who is also applying to be an Election Judge at this time?*
  16. Are you able to work at any precinct?*
  17. Are you interested in serving as a head judge in the future?*
  18. Do you have the physical capacity of working a 16-hour day*
  19. CHECK all that apply about yourself:*
  20. Have you received an Honorable Discharge or Separation after serving more than 180 consecutive days in the military services for purposes other than training?*

    Note: This information is to determine your status as a veteran under the Veteran's Preference Statute, Minnesota Statute 43a.11 

  21. Employment Information and Agreements

    The City of Edina is an Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all. The City of Edina does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or membership or activity in a local commission. Individuals are evaluated and selected on the basis of merit. 

  22. Agreements*

    To ensure fair and honest election results, if selected to serve as an election judge, I will adhere to the following (you must agree to and CHECK ALL to be considered for an election judge position):

  23. Certification and Authorization*

    You must check all 3 to be considered for an Election Judge position

  24. Public Records Notice*

    Some of the information you provide on this application is considered public record and would be released upon request. Some information considered private on this application might need to be shared among Edina City Staff and with law enforcement agencies, the U.S. military and local, county and state government agencies for verification. 

  25. What Happens Next

    Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed. If selected, you will be required to attend mandatory training to learn the legal procedures, duties and responsibilities of being an election judge. 

  26. Submission Information

    Please note that your submission is encrypted for data security, so you will not receive a copy of your submission by email. 

    You may choose to print a copy by selecting "Submit and Print" below. Your submission information will open in a new tab or window. The original tab/window will go to a confirmation page; scroll to see the confirmation message and contact information should you need that.

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