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 city's 16 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.
If you are interested in serving as an election judge in St. Louis Park, complete the online election judge application.
Appointments for the March 3, 2020 election will be made in January. You will receive information from the elections team regarding the status of your application in early December 2019. Check your email for further communication and updates.
Election judges for the 2020 state primary and state general election will be assigned closer to those elections.
While we appreciate everyone who volunteers to be an election judge, not every person who applies to serve is able to be appointed. Appointments are made based on need, expected turnout, our ability to achieve party balance at each polling place as required by state law and the judge's ability to successfully meet required qualifications and complete all training.
All applications we receive are entered into our database and are retained for recruitment efforts for both the upcoming and future elections. If at any time you want to be removed from our database, contact us at 952.924.2503.
If you are a returning election judge, you will receive an email from us in early December with information on how to sign up to work in 2020. If you want to verify your contact information or make sure that you are in our database, contact us at 952.924.2503.
Below are the required and desired qualifications for election judges.
- Eligible to vote in Minnesota
- Ability to read, write and speak English
- Ability to comply with all current election laws, regulations and procedures
- Ability to complete mandatory (paid) training sessions (two to five hours depending on assigned position)
- 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
- Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with all voters
- Strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship
- Comfort assisting and serving diverse populations
- Language skills to assist non-English speaking voters
- 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 and those committed to working full-day shifts
All election judges are required to attend training sessions that cover the equipment you will use on Election Day, the various duties you may be asked to perform and all of the associated election laws and requirements that pertain to your job as an election judge. This training helps ensure that you understand what will be required of you on Election Day and that you are prepared to provide outstanding service to the voters in your precinct. You will be paid for your attendance at training.
In order to meet the timeline outlined in state law related to the appointment of election judges, training for the 2020 presidential nominating primary election will occur in January and February. If you have been selected to serve at a polling place, elections staff will provide you with additional details regarding training opportunities and how to sign up for available sessions.
We understand that circumstances and schedules can change, and every effort will be made to find suitable alternatives for you to complete training. However, please note that if you fail to complete any portion of the required training, you will not be able to work in a precinct on Election Day.
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 email@example.com, 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.
For more information or questions, contact city elections staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.924.2503.