Be an Election Judge


What is an election judge?
An election judge plays a very important role in the election process. Election judges are a temporary position who work as a team to ensure a fair and accessible election. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community.

What are some of the duties of election judges?   
   • To open and close the polls (judges work from 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m.).
   • To be responsible for all election materials.
   • To ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote.
   • To distribute ballots.
   • To ensure all votes are cast in secret.
   • To help voters requiring assistance.
   • To maintain order in the precinct throughout the day.
   • To certify the precinct election results.

Who is eligible?
Judges should reside in and be entitled to vote in Minnesota and must be 18 years of age or older. Students 16 and 17 years-old can be election judge trainees.

You can choose to volunteer or be paid. Wages vary by city or township.
Student trainees must be paid no less than two-thirds of the minimum wage.

Contact Us

  1. Elections Coordinator
    Christine Kempernich

    Auditor/Treasurer Office


    415 Jefferson Street South
    Wadena, MN 56482

    Phone: 218-631-7792
    Fax: 218-631-7652


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Closed Holidays and Weekends

    Staff Directory

Election Judge Training
The Office of the Secretary of State provides these materials to assist in the training of election judges required under Minnesota Statutes 204B.25 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8240.
        • Election Judge Video (2014)