Serve as an Election Judge


Election Judges are needed August 11, 2020 (State Primary Election) and November 3, 2020 (Presidential Election)

If you are interested in helping voters who appear in person at the polls on August 11, 2020 for our State Primary Election and on November 3, 2020 for our Presidential Election, please click here to apply today by completing our Election Judge Interest Survey! Election Judges are paid an hourly stipend for their work and receive training. 

If you are interested in assisting with Absentee / Early Voting, please visit the Ramsey County Elections website for more information or to apply.

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How do I apply?

Begin the application process by clicking here to complete our Election Judge Interest Form. Positions will be filled by qualified candidates on a first come, first serve basis. 

MN High School students who are 16 or 17 years old on Election Day can also serve! Complete the Election Judge Interest Form as soon as possible. Open student positions fill quickly!

If you are interested in assisting with Absentee / Early Voting, please visit the Ramsey County Elections website for more information or to apply..

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 a resident of New Brighton, 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.)
What is your health and safety plan for Election Day given we are in a pandemic?

COVID-19: Health and Safety in the Polls

More information will be shared with Election Judges during training; however, in order to keep voters, election judges and election staff as safe as possible in the polls on Election Day, we will be employing the following measures:

  • 6’ spacing (or more) of election judge stations and voting booths

  • Signage for voters letting them know what to expect in terms of health and safety as they enter the polls

  • Tape on floor to manage & ensure social distancing in lines

  • Making the Greeter Judge a key position in the polling place to manage lines and answer safety questions

  • Election Judges will be required to wear a face mask unless you have a health concern that would prevent you from doing so. You are encouraged to bring your own mask but if you do not have one, a cloth face mask will be provided for you.

  • Voters will be encouraged to wear masks. However, voters are not required to wear a face mask in order to exercise their right to vote. Voters who do not have a mask but wish to use one will be provided with a single-use face mask. We will have enough at each polling location for 10% of registered voters at each location.

  • There will be a two-gallon jug of hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit of each polling place and voters will be encouraged to use it. 

  • There will be a smaller bottle of hand sanitizer at each election judge station and election judges will be encouraged to use it. 

  • There will be single-use pens for voters.

  • There will be disinfectant wipes for poll pads, voting equipment, voting stations, and other hard surfaces. Election judges will be asked to wipe down all equipment and hard surfaces between each voter.

  • Each polling place will have one box of gloves for ballot judges to use as they hand voters ballots.

  • Each polling place will have two face shields that can be used to assist voters who read lips or that can be used by election judges who have a condition not allowing them to wear a face mask.

  • Increased availability of Curbside Voting

    • Voters who wish to vote on Election Day but are unable to leave their car (including for health concerns) may vote via Curbside Voting. Anticipating that this may be a high demand service this year, the City is planning designated Curbside voting areas at each polling place. There will be more information about this later, but I did want you to know that Curbside voting will be an assigned election judge station at each precinct.

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. We also 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 in the comment section of your application.

COVID-19: Polling Place Changes

Some of the facilities that serve as polling places for our elections notified the City that they are unable to participate in this year’s elections due to Covid-19. Additionally, in a survey of sites, staff determined that Sunny Square Neighborhood Center (P8) is not suitable for social distancing. At their June 23, 2020 business meeting, the City Council passed a resolution establishing polling places for the remaining 2020 elections. Polling places for the August 11, 2020 State Primary Election and the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election will be as follows:

  • Precinct 1: New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street NW

  • Precinct 2: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave NW (Change)

  • Precinct 3: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave NW

  • Precinct 4: Salem Covenant Church, 2655 5th St NW

  • Precinct 5: New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St NW (Change)

  • Precinct 6: Salem Covenant Church, 2655 5th St NW (Change)

  • Precinct 7: GracePoint Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd NW

  • Precinct 8: GracePoint Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd NW (Change)

While the City will be operating four combined polling places instead of eight individual polling places, it should not affect the number of election judges needed as this is based on expected voter turnout. 

When is training?

Individuals who are appointed to serve as Election Judges or Election Judge Trainees will receive specific training information after their appointment. 

Minnesota State Statutes and Rules require Election Judges to attend a basic Election Judge certification course every two years to obtain and retain their certification. Election Judges will receive this basic election judge certification training course on-line and will be paid for two hours of training time at the same time they receive their election judge pay (30 days after election day.)

Additional training is required for those who:

  • help with Absentee Voting
  • help with voting at Health Care Facilities
  • serve as a Head Judge or Assistant Head Judge

COVID-19: This year, all Election Judge training will be done remotely for social distancing purposes. Details will posted here and shared with Election Judges soon! 

Basic Election Judge Certification

Election Judges who need to meet basic certification training requirements will be able to watch training videos put together by Ramsey County Elections beginning in mid-July. Those of you who need to attend this training will be sent an email with details as soon as the videos are ready.

Poll Pad Training

Election Judges who have not yet received poll pad training will be able to watch training videos put together by Ramsey County Elections. The City of New Brighton is working with Ramsey County Elections to set up days / times that election judges can practice on poll pads by individual appointment. Election Judges who have not received formal poll pad training will receive an email about this as soon as details are finalized.

Health Care Facility Training

Because Health Care Facilities are restricting visitors – including election judges – due to Covid-19, we will not be using election judges for this activity for the duration of 2020. Instead, the City will be training Health Care Facility staff to conduct Health Care Facility voting.

Head Judge Team Training

There will be an electronic (via Zoom) Head Judge Training / Meeting before the State Primary Election in mid-July. An email will be sent to Head Judges and Assistant Head Judges in the next week with details.

More information will be coming soon!

Training Resources

2020 Socially Distanced Election Judge Training Resources Coming Soon! 

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.