A lineup of election judges being sworn in.

Become an election judge

Qualified individuals needed!

Election judges play an important role in administering elections by ensuring the constitutional rights of voters are protected. Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to learn more about election processes and to provide a great service to the community.

State required qualifications

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

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (student trainee judges may be 16 - 17 years of age).
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • 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.

City of Bloomington qualifications

  • Communicate clearly with voters.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • General math skills.
  • Comfortable with serving a diverse population.
  • Physical stamina.
  • Function calmly and professionally in stressful situations.
  • Remain impartial in conduct and speech.
  • Work as a team member and in support of the Precinct Head Judge.

Desired qualifications

  • Fluency in a second language.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Attend training hosted by the City of Bloomington.
  • Protect the rights of voters.
  • Administer election procedures according to training.
  • Maintain neutrality and impartiality in the polling place.
  • Open and/or close the polls.
  • Check-in registered voters.
  • Responsible for election materials and documents.
  • Distribute ballots.
  • Register new voters.
  • Help voters requiring assistance.
  • Set up/take down election equipment.
  • Compile the summary statements of the election results.
  • Certify the precinct election results.

Student eligibility for election judge trainees

High school students ages 16 and over may serve as election judge trainees. A trainee must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled in high school or be home-schooled; have approval of a parent; and be fluent in English. Schools may offer extra credit in some courses to students who serve as election judge trainees. 

Returning and new election judges (18 years and older)

How to apply: If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please complete the election judge application (PDF). Fill in the form, print it out and sign by hand, and return it to kengberg@BloomingtonMN.gov or to:

City of Bloomington
Attention: Elections
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431

Time off work 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 have given your employer at least 20 days-notice. The written request must be accompanied by a certification letter from the City Clerk that details your hourly rate of pay and the hours you will serve. Your employer may reduce your salary or wages by the amount that you are paid as an election judge. Your employer may restrict the number of his/her employees to serve as election judges to no more than 20 percent of the work force at any single worksite.

Required training

The City of Bloomington provides training for all election judges prior to both the Primary and General Elections. Training is mandatory and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Assignment letters

If you are selected to serve, an assignment letter will be mailed out before each election.

Pay rates

Head Judges $12 per hour
Assistant Head Judges $11.25 per hour
Regular Judges $10.25 per hour
Student Judges $9 per hour


For more information, contact:

City Clerk's Office
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431-3027
PH: 952-563-4925, TTY: 952-563-8740, FAX: 952-563-4741
Email: kengberg@BloomingtonMN.gov

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