Election Judges

Election judges play an important role in administering elections. The City of Corcoran welcomes inquiries from individuals who are interested in serving as election judges.

Who is Eligible to be an Election Judge?

Any person who is eligible to vote is qualified to be appointed as an election judge, with the following exceptions: 

  • Individuals who are unable to read, write or speak English; 
  • The spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate in that election;  or
  • A candidate in that election

Election Judge Trainees
Students ages 16 and 17 can apply to be trainees. These positions are paid and duties are similar to other election judges.

Election Judge Duties
Election judges are needed to work at the polling locations to supervise and help with elections. If you are 18 years or older and an eligible voter, you may qualify to serve as an election judge. Election judge duties include:

  • Opening and closing the polls
  • Being responsible for all election materials
  • Ensuring that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and that each voter is permitted to vote only once
  • Distributing ballots
  • Tallying and certifying the election results

How to Apply 
If you’re interested in serving as an election judge, please contact Jessica Beise, Administrative Services Director via phone at 763-400-7029 or via email at jbeise@ci.corcoran.mn.us.

Required Training
The City of Corcoran provides training for all election judges prior to the primary and general elections. Election judges are paid for training and for their service on Election Day.

Time Off Work to Serve as an Election Judge 
If you are appointed to serve as an election judge, state law allows you to be absent from work without penalty if you have given your employer at least 20 days’ notice. The written request to be absent from work must be accompanied by a City certification that details your hourly pay as an election judge as well as the hours you will serve.

Your employer may reduce your salary or wages by the amount that you will receive for serving as a judge. In addition, your employer may restrict the number of his/her employees who are serving as election judges to no more than 20 percent of the total work force at any single worksite. 

Presentations and Documents

Basic Election Judge Training Presentation
Basic Election Judge Training Book
Basic Election Judge Training Activity Packet


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