Sign up now to serve as an election judge Aug. 9 

The Elections & Voter Services Division is gearing up for the 2016 election and needs your help. City employees are needed to serve as election judges for the August 9 primary election to help voters in each of the City’s 132 polling places. Sign up soon to be considered.

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 on CityTalk. You can:

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. Election judges must attend paid trainings.

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 qualified people who are not City employees and who may be interested in being election judges, please share the application with them. These paid positions offer an opportunity to provide an important service to our community and learn about the election process.

Requirements for election judges:

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 when they’re not serving or ahead of time by absentee ballot.

More information

For more information about becoming an election judge, visit the City’s election website, read the frequently asked questions or email [email protected].


Published Jun 28, 2016



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