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Help voters in your community - serve as an election judge for St. Louis Park

Every year, the City of St. Louis Park hires election judges to assist with elections in the city. Selected election judges work in the 16 city polling locations to ensure every eligible ballot can be cast and counted. They help verify voter eligibility, assist with voter registration, distribute ballots to voters and certify results. Election judges are an essential part of our local elections.

Election judges are paid $10 – $12 per hour. Full day or partial day shifts are available depending on schedules and preferences.

Election judges for the General Election 2018

At this time selection for the 2018 election has been completed. New applications we receive will be entered into our database for selection in the 2019 election. We may still assign more new judges to replace others in case a situation arises where they become unable to serve.

How to apply

If you are interested in serving as an election judge in St. Louis Park, complete the online election judge application.

After city staff has received and processed your information, you will be contacted with the next steps.

Returning judges

If you are a returning election judge, please complete the online election judge application, select "Are you an existing election judge?" or "Are you an existing election chair/co-chair judge," and indicate your interest in serving again and update your availability.

Required qualifications

  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Complete mandatory training (total of four hours, paid time)
  • Cannot be a spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling or stepsibling of any current election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate in that election
  • Cannot live, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot at that election
  • Cannot be a candidate in the election

Desired qualifications

  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship
  • Comfort assisting and serving diverse populations
  • Ability to comply with election laws, regulations and procedures
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Ability to handle stressful situations calmly and professionally
  • Comfortable using technology
  • Flexibility on precinct assignment
  • Ability to work long hours on Election Day
  • Preference is given to St. Louis Park residents
  • Ability to achieve party balance within each precinct as required by state law

Student election judges

The City of St Louis Park provides high school students the opportunity to serve as student election judges alongside election judges. Serving as a student election judge is a great way to serve your community and gain valuable experience while earning money. Learn more about student election judges.

Time off from work to serve

State law allows for time off from work to serve as an election judge – without loss of wages (Minnesota Statute 204B.195).

To qualify for time off, you must provide your employer with at least 20 days’ written notice, the pay rate you will receive to serve as an election judge and the hours you will serve. Once you are selected to be an election judge, you can email the city clerk's office at elections@stlouispark.org, and they will provide certification detailing your hourly pay and hours you will serve.

Your employer may:

  • Reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid as an election judge during the time you are away from work.
  • Restrict the number of its employees serving as election judges to no more than 20 percent from a single work site.

You may voluntarily take a vacation day to receive full pay from your employer and election judge pay as extra income. However, an employer cannot force you to take vacation or any other form of paid leave.

Training

All election judges are required to attend an equipment training and forms and procedures training. If you attended a forms and procedures training session earlier this year, you are not required to attend this year, but it is highly recommended for review. You will be paid for your attendance at training. 

If you received an appointment letter for the Nov. 6 General Election, please contact our elections email to set up your training.

Training for the General Election will occur in September and October. Judges who receive appointment letters will be informed of training dates primarily via email.

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Contact

For more information or questions, contact city elections staff at elections@stlouispark.org or 952.924.2503.