Sign up now to serve as an election judge Nov. 7 

The Elections & Voter Services Division is gearing up for the citywide 2017 election and needs your help. City employees are needed to serve as election judges for the Nov. 7 election to help voters in each of the City’s 132 polling places and work at the ballot drop-off site (MPD’s 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S.).

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 Elections & Voter Services Division especially needs election judges who speak a second language – most notably Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Oromo.

Any City employee who plans to serve as an election judge in Minneapolis or another jurisdiction is required to complete and submit a form requesting the time off, found in the “Forms” section on CityTalk. If your request for time off is granted, this form must be completed prior to serving on Election Day. Serving as an election judge is a unique statutory absence from work tracked on your timesheet.

Assignments are made based on the number of openings within each precinct and the Election Division’s needs. You may express a preference for a polling place and/or time slot that works best for you. Serving as an election judge is a unique statutory absence from work tracked on your timesheet. You can:

Read frequently asked questions for City employees who want to serve as election judges.

Opportunities to help

Polling place

Ballot drop-off site: MPD’s 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S.

  • Serve in one of the 132 precincts across Minneapolis.
  • Greet, check in, register and assist voters.
  • Shift options (“close” is around 9 p.m.):
    • All day (6 a.m.-close).
    • Morning (6 a.m.-2 p.m.).
    • Afternoon (2 p.m.-close).
  • Process and sort all returned election materials.
  • Shift: 6:45 p.m.- approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • May serve and earn election judge pay after working normal City shift.


Election judges can still vote, either during voting hours when they’re not serving or ahead of time by absentee ballot or in person at the Early Vote Center.                       

More information

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

Published Sep 19, 2017



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