Election Judges

Want to serve your country? Be an election judge!

Judges ensure that the voting process goes smoothly and honestly.  Serving as an election judge is a great way to meet your neighbors and protect one of our most cherished freedoms – the right to vote.

Apply To Be An Election Judge

- OR - Complete and return the Election Judge application

Frequently Asked Questions

What are election judges?

Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in each voting place on election day.  Election judges help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on election day.  Become a member of this proud team working to guarantee the election process is fair and in accordance with our laws. 

What do election judges do?

  • Set up for 7 am opening of polls
  • Monitor precinct ballot counter
  • Sign in voters
  • Distribute and collect ballots
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Record and certify vote totals
  • Register new votes
  • Process Absentee Ballots

Who is eligible?

To be an election judge you must:

  • Be eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English
  • Be appointed by the City Council
  • Attend a required training session
  • Declare your party affiliation (state law requires this to make sure that no more than half of election judges at a polling place are from any one party)

The following are not eligible:

  • A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of another election judge at the same polling place
  • A candidate in the election

How much time does it take?

You may be assigned to the primary, the general or both elections.  The majority of shifts are for the full day (6 a.m. until the closing of the polls and end of day tabulation.)  Some ½ day shifts are also available.

Will I be paid? Can I take time off work?

State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge with 20 days prior written notice to the employer.  Hopkins election judges are paid for training and an hourly wage on election day.


For more information, contact Amy Domeier, City Clerk, at 952-548-6304.


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