Election Judges

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Questions About Becoming An Election Judge?

Contact the City Clerk at 763-593-8012.

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

2020 General Election Update: Due to the high volume of election judge applications we received this year, we are no longer accepting applications at this time. If the City needs to appoint more judges, we will reopen the application process. Thank you for your interest in serving as an election judge with the City of Golden Valley.

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.

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 the 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


Questions? Contact the City Clerk at 763-593-8012.