Serve as an Election Judge

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To Serve for the 2019 Elections  

Mounds View Schools (ISD 621) and St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools (ISD 282) are both conducting elections this fall. They have contracted with Ramsey County Elections to run them. Please visit the Ramsey County website for more information about serving as an Election Judge at this election.

To Serve for the 2020 Elections

There will be three elections in 2020. Returning election judges and other qualified individuals who are interested in serving are encouraged to apply to serve for one, two or all three elections. Qualified students who are 16 or 17 years old are also encouraged to apply to serve as election judge trainees.

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How do I apply?

Begin the application process by completing an application and returning it to New Brighton City Hall. Positions will be filled by qualified candidates on a first come, first serve basis. (Hint: If you are using the autocomplete feature, you must save a copy to your computer before you send it. If you do not save it first, the form will not save your answers and it will come to us blank.)

MN High School students who are 16 or 17 years old on Election Day can also serve! Complete an application and return it to City Hall as soon as possible. Open student positions fill quickly!

Am I qualified to be an election judge?

Required Qualifications

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English
  • Must have resided in MN for at least 20 days
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota**
  • Cannot be the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of another election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time
  • Cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot at that precinct

** 16 and 17 year olds may serve as election judge trainees.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • Ability to document election activities clearly in writing
  • Willingness to assist and serve a diverse population
  • Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to perform general math skills

If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible to serve as an Election Judge.  You do not have to be an active member of a political party, a member of a Board or Commission, have previous volunteer experience etc.  In fact, serving as an Election Judge is a great way to get more involved in the community and boost your resume!

What does an Election Judge do?

Election Judges are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Setting up the polling place
  • Operating voting equipment
  • Directing voters to the correct line
  • Registering individuals to vote
  • Ensuring all qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Demonstrating how to vote
  • Assisting voters
  • Closing the polling place
  • Determining the results after the polls close
  • Certifying the polling place results
Election Judge Trainees receive the exact same training as adult election judges. They are also permitted to perform the same work as an election judge who has not declared a political party. 
Time Off Work to Serve

Your employer may not reduce your wages / salary if you are selected to serve as an Election Judge as long as your provide your employer with at least 20 days written notice and proof of your election schedule and wages. Contact the City Clerk at 651/638-2045 for more information.

Can I work with my spouse / friend / son or daughter?
  • You cannot be the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of another election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time. However, you may serve in different precincts or in different shifts.
  • You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot at that precinct. However, you may serve in a precinct where your relative is not on the ballot (for another city or in a different political district.)
Can I choose which site I work at?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to a specific polling location even if you have worked at that location in the past.

When staffing polling places on Election Day, we consider political party affiliation to ensure that no more than half of the election judges at a given location are affiliated with the same political party. We strive to match new Election Judges with experienced Election Judges. And, we try to match the personal skills and experiences of individual election judges in such a way that election staff at each polling place compliment each other.

While no specific polling location placement is guaranteed, we recognize transportation can be a barrier to participation. If you wish to serve as an Election Judge but transportation issues limit your location availability, please indicate this on your application.

Terri Spangrud, City Clerk
651.638.2045
terri.spangrud@newbrightonmn.gov
When is training?

Minnesota State Statutes and Rules require Election Judges to attend a minimum of 2 hours of training every two years to retain their certification. The City of New Brighton provides comprehensive training for Election Judges that lasts approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Training dates for 2020 have not yet been set; however, there will be several training options beginning in June 2020 to meet the biennial basic election judge training requirement.

Additional training is required for those who:

  • serve at the Presidential Primary
  • help with Absentee Voting
  • serve on the Absentee Ballot Board
  • help with voting at Health Care Facilities
  • serve as a Head Judge or Assistant Head Judge

For information on training, please contact:

Terri Spangrud, City Clerk
651.638.2045
terri.spangrud@newbrightonmn.gov
Training Resources

Minnesota State Statutes and Rules require Election Judges to attend a minimum of 2 hours of training every two years to retain their certification. The City of New Brighton provides comprehensive training for Election Judges that lasts approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Election Judges who wish to assist with Absentee Voting, the Absentee Ballot Board, Health Care Facility Voting and / or the Presidential Primary are required to complete additional specialized training sessions that are 1 – 2 hours in length.

Election Judges who wish to serve as Head Election Judges and Assistant Head Election Judges are also required to complete additional training sessions and attend periodic informational meetings.

Election Judge Training Presentation

Election Judge Training Presentation 2018

Updated training materials will be posted in late June of 2020.

Sample Election Day Forms

Sample Election Day forms will be posted in late June 2020.

Sample Election Day Precinct Signs

Sample Election Day Precinct signs will be posted in late June 2020.

Required Election Judge Personnel Forms

If you are appointed an Election Judge, please complete the following paperwork and return it to City Hall:

If you do not return all of this paperwork in its entirety and provide an individual email address, the City of New Brighton will be unable to pay you for your service. Thank you for understanding.