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Be an Election Judge

Election judges are the guardians of our democracy!

They are temporary, paid employees of the City of Robbinsdale trained to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place. On Election Day, there can be as many as 14 election judges temporarily employed at each of the four polling in Robbinsdale.

You too can be an election judge—we are looking for qualified applicants.


How to Apply:

1. Contact your political party by May 1.

2. Apply directly through Robbinsdale’s City Clerk by downloading the application or calling or coming into Robbinsdale City Hall.

Who Can Apply:

You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read, write and speak English. Students 16 and 17 years-old can be election judge trainees.

There are restrictions on having relatives serve together as election judges. A relative is defined as a spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or stepsibling.

Relatives cannot serve together in the same precinct at the same time. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as a candidate, cannot serve in the precinct where the candidate is on the ballot.

Candidates cannot serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.


You will receive $9.00 per hour as an Election Judge.

Student trainees must be paid no less than two-thirds of the minimum wage.

Time Commitment:


You must attend a required training that will be roughly two hours in length. We will have a morning and an evening training in mid to late July.

Work Days

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to about 9:30 p.m. (Primary Election)
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to about 10:00 p.m. (General Election)

Right to Time Off From Work to Serve:

Your employer is required to give you time off from work to be an election judge without a reduction in pay. To qualify, you must:

1. Notify your employer in writing at least 20 days in advance of Election Day.

2. Attach a copy of your schedule and pay rate form to your written notice. The schedule and pay rate will be provided by the jurisdiction that hires you as an election judge.

‘Without a reduction in pay’ means you get to earn at least the same amount you would have, had you gone to work that day. In practice, this means your employer can ask you to turn over the amount you earn as an election judge during hours you would have normally been scheduled to work, or your employer can deduct that amount from your normal pay.

You can voluntarily take a vacation day to be fully paid by your employer and receive the judge salary you earn as extra income. An employer cannot force you to take vacation or any other form of paid leave.

You can give this memo (PDF) to your employer, explaining your right to receive time off to serve as an election judge.

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