Election Judges


Election judges play an important role in administering elections by ensuring the constitutional rights of voters are protected.  Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to learn more about the election process and to 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 can not 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 
  • Being 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 last approximately two hours.
  • Judges are paid for training and working at the polling place.  
  • Hours include: Full Day or Split Shift 6:00 am to 2pm or 1:30 pm to approximately 10:00 pm.  

If you are interested in this important civic opportunity, please contact Denise Beebe, the City's Elections Coordinator.