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Election judges serve a very important role in elections. There is no better way to learn about the election process than working as an election judge while serving your community.

Required qualifications

To be an election judge you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English
  • You cannot be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time
  • You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of a candidate on the ballot in that precinct

Time off to serve

If you are appointed to serve as an election judge, state law allows you to be absent from work without penalty if you give your employer at least 20 days written notice.

Your employer may reduce your salary or wages by the amount you will receive for serving as an election judge. Additionally, your employer may restrict the number of employees who are serving as election judges to no more than 20 percent of the total work force at any single worksite.

The city clerk will provide certification upon request that details your hourly pay as well as the hours you will serve.


Training is mandatory. The City of Brooklyn Park will provide training prior to the primary and general elections.

Work hours

You can work either the primary or general election or both.

Full day: 6 a.m. to closing
Half day: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to closing

Some assignments on Election Day

  • Open and set up the polling place with posters, tables, chairs, directional signs, ballots, rosters, etc.
  • Set up voting equipment
  • Assist with voting equipment
  • Greet voters
  • Direct voters to proper areas
  • Sign in pre-registered voters
  • Register new voters
  • Demonstrate to voters how to complete the ballot
  • Distribute ballots
  • Assist voters when necessary
  • Record and certify vote totals
  • Close polling place 


Sign up to become an election judge

Sign up will be available during the next election year.

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone and email

Deloris Taku
Email Deloris Taku

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