Election Judges

Election judges administer voting procedures to ensure a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters. The city of New Hope is always looking for qualified voters to act as election judges.

Election Judge Duties

At each polling place, multiple election judges work together to ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote. They:

  • check voters in
  • explain voting procedures and use of voting equipment
  • distribute ballots
  • register new voters
  • offer assistance as needed
  • close the polling places at the end of election day
  • verify and certify results by precinct

Election judges may be asked to serve in the precinct where they live or elsewhere in the city.

The city of New Hope asks that election judges be available to work all day, from 6 a.m. until all the ballots are counted (approximately 9:30 p.m.).

The city provides training and pays election judges. State law permits employees to take time off from work without loss of pay to serve as election judges.

Required Qualifications

To be an election judge, you:

  • must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • must be able to read, write and speak English
  • cannot be a spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct
  • cannot be a candidate or spouse, parent, child or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in that precinct

 

Desired Qualifications

  • ability to communicate clearly with voters
  • comfort with assisting and serving a diverse population
  • ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters
  • physical and emotional stamina
  • attention to detail
  • general math skills
  • fluency in a second language

 

How to Become an Election Judge 

If you're interested in serving as an election judge, contact the city clerk at 763-531-5117 or stop by City Hall and pick up an application.