Do I have to choose a political party affiliation?

If you are not affiliated with a major political party in Minnesota, you can indicate on your application that you are "not affiliated." Note that the city is required to first appoint those who have declared a political party affiliation. Additionally, serving without a party affiliation means that you cannot complete certain tasks on Election Day that are required by law to be performed by election workers of different major political parties. This includes assisting a voter in marking their ballot, emptying the ballot box, and conducting curbside voting.

Election judges who have declared they are unaffiliated may not assist with health care facility voting. Each pair assisting voters must declare a party so there can be two members of differing parties.

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1. Why do I need to note which party I am affiliated with on my application?
2. Do I have to choose a political party affiliation?
3. Do I have to register with the party I select?
4. Do I have to vote for the political party I declare?
5. What if my party affiliation changes after I apply to be an election worker?
6. I am a student election worker. Can I list my party?
7. Which political parties count towards party balance at a polling place?
8. Who will know the party I selected?