Election Judge Information

Welcome to our Election Judge Information page!

What is an election judge?

Election judges (poll workers) are paid officials who staff local polling places, carry out election procedures, and make sure that the rights of voters are protected. During a general election, there are more than 30,000 election judges who staff more than 4,100 precincts statewide. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community.

Requirements, Wages, and Time Off From Work

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and be able to read, write and speak English. 
  • You must complete an election judge training course (at least two hours). 
  • Election judges can choose to volunteer or be paid. Wages vary by city and township.
  • Employers are required to give employees time off to work as an election judge.

Student Election Judge Trainees

Junior and senior high school students can work as election judge trainees. The student must meet the following requirements:

  • Ages 16 or 17.
  • U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school (or home schooled).
  • Obtain school and parental permission.
  • Serve in the county where they reside.
  • Trainees are paid at least two-thirds of the minimum wage.

Like other judges, they do not have to serve the entire day; they cannot work past 10 p.m. Trainees are assigned the same duties as other judges, with the exception of tasks requiring party affiliation. Trainees do not designate party affiliation. Trainees must attend and complete the same training as other judges.

Interested in serving as an election judge? 

Please complete the form linked below and Scott County will forward on to your local city or township clerk. Need to print? Reserve a computer in any Scott County Library to access a public printer. 

Election Judge Form (Editable and Printable PDF)

Please mail completed form to:
Scott County Elections
200 Fourth Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379
Prefer to scan and email? Send to: scelections@co.scott.mn.us

Already an Election Judge and need to take the 2020 training? (You would have been notified by your city or town clerk to take this training.) 

Please complete the following and notify your clerk when you are done! If you would like to print any materials, reserve a computer in any Scott County Library to access a public printer.

  •  Watch the 2020 Election Judge Training Video
    • You will need sound to hear the presentation.
  • Access and review the 2020 Election Judge Guide (PDF)
    • If you cannot print a copy, check with your clerk. They may bring some printed copies to the polling place. 
  •  Complete the Election Judge Workbook (PDF)
    • Note that we want you to complete and self-review, but you are not required to submit your answers to your clerk. You do not need to print the workbook if you would rather not – simply take note of your answers on a separate sheet of paper as you go!
  • Review the Poll Pad Training Video
    • This is a private video. Use the password PollPad2020 when prompted.
    • This video is generously shared by our Poll Pad vendor. The video may depict scenarios that we would not see in Scott County and processes and procedures may differ. Please speak to your clerk or head judge if you should have any questions.  
    • For additional Poll Pad training, visit Ramsey County Elections. You will see that some of the videos are in regards to procedures or tabulators – Ramsey may have different procedures and they use a different vendor for tabulators. Please do not rely on these videos for your precinct information. See your clerk or head judge.

Need to take the 2020 Health Care Facility (HCF) Training?

Please watch the 2020 Health Care Facility Training Video and notify your clerk when you finish.