City seeks election judges
The City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for the 2016 election, and that means they need election judges. These paid positions offer an opportunity to provide an important service to our community and learn about the election process.
Election judges serve as the officials in local polling places on Election Day, opening and closing the polls, registering and signing in voters, distributing and collecting ballots, operating voting equipment, recording and certifying vote totals, and ensuring voters’ rights are protected. The City needs election judges to work at polling places during the primary Tuesday, Aug. 9, and the general election Tuesday, Nov. 8, or on both days.
City employees are encouraged to work part-time or full-time shifts as election judges. You must request time off with your supervisor by filling out the “Request for Time off Work to Serve as an Election Judge” form, which you can also find on the on CityTalk. You can:
- Serve up to an eight-hour shift as an election judge on Election Day and receive regular City pay for the hours worked.
- Serve as an election judge for more than eight hours on Election Day and receive regular City pay for the eight-hour shift and then receive hourly election judge pay when you exceed an eight-hour shift. Minneapolis election judge pay is 13.30 per hour. (Please note: There is no overtime pay.)
Read frequently asked questions for City employees who want to serve as election judges.
Other opportunities to help
City employees are also encouraged to work other positions that offer different hours on Election Day. For example, absentee ballot runners travel to precincts to confirm that absentee voters are marked appropriately on the voting rosters; the election night drop-off support position checks in election materials after the polls close.
Spread the word
If you know of a qualified person seeking work, please let that person know about the election judge opportunity. Requirements for election judges:
- Has U.S. citizenship and is eligible to vote in Minnesota.
- Can read, write and speak English.
- Attends an election judge training course.
- Enjoys helping and serving diverse populations.
- Has a strong understanding of and commitment to nonpartisanship.
- Is available to work long hours.
- Handles stressful situations calmly and professionally.
- Pays attention to detail.
- Has basic computer skills.
The City Clerk’s Office especially needs judges who are fluent in a second language, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, Oromo, Lao, Russian or American Sign Language.
Election judges can still vote, either during voting hours they’re not serving or ahead of time by absentee ballot.
Published May 31, 2016