Election Judges


Election judges play an important role in administering elections. By becoming an election judge, you get to learn more about the election process and provide a great service to the community.  


To serve as an election judge you must meet the following state and city qualifications: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older (student trainee judges may be 16-17 years of age)
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Able to read, write and speak English
  • You cannot be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time
  • You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child or sibling of a candidate on the ballot in that precinct 


  • Attend two hours of required training 
  • Protect the rights of voters
  • Administer election procedures according to training 
  • Maintain neutrality and impartiality in the polling place
  • Opening and/or closing of the polls 
  • Responsible for all election materials 
  • Ensuring that only qualified voters are permitted to vote, are at the correct polling site, and that each voter is permitted to vote only once 
  • Registering new voters on election day 
  • Distributing ballots 
  • Tallying and certifying the election results 
  • Set up/take down election equipment


  • Carver County provides training for all election judges prior to the Primary Election.  
  • Training is mandatory and lasts approximately two hours.
  • Judges are paid for training and working at the polling place.  
  • Shift options: 
    • Full Day (6:00 a.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m.)
    • Morning Shift (6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
    • Evening Shift (1:30 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m.)  

If you are interested in applying, contact Denise Beebe, the City's Elections Coordinator.