Election Judge Information

Election Judges & Student Trainees

Election judges are temporary, paid employees of local election officials trained to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place. 

Students who are 16 and 17 years old can work as election judge trainees. It’s a great way to learn about elections and voting.

Before serving in an election, all election judges and student trainee election judges must complete election judge training and be certified as an election judge. This course, of at least two hours, is offered by the county auditor or designated city clerk or township clerk. Every judge who completes training receives an election judge certificate that is valid for two years. To stay current with changing election law and ballot counting technology, election judges will renew their election judge certificate by again completing the two-hour training course every two years.

Head Election Judge

In addition to election judge training and certification, head election judges complete an additional hour of training every two years to be certified as head election judge. (M.R. 8240.1750)

Health Care Facility Absentee Election Judge

Election judges assisting with Health Care Facility absentee voting complete one hour of training every two years (in addition to election judge training) to be certified as HCF absentee election judges.

Additional Information

Sign up to be an Election Judge or request more information. Find out more about being an Election Judge on the Minnesota state website.