Election judges are temporary workers trained to handle all aspects of voting. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community.
Each election season, the City of Eagan needs nearly 400 people to serve as election judges at the primary and general elections, as well as in absentee voting roles. On the day of the election, judges work a half-day shift of about 8 hours or a full-day shift of about 16 hours.
Resources for Election Judges
If selected to serve in the upcoming election, you will be required to complete two hours of paid, online training through a platform called iTacit that is managed by Dakota County. Individuals serving as head judges are required complete additional training to prepare them for scenarios that may occur on Election Day.
Who is Eligible to Serve as an Election Judge?
- You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota.
- You must be able to read, write and speak English.
- You may not serve as an election judge together at the same precinct with a relative. A relative is defined as a spouse, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, sibling, or step-sibling.
- Students aged 16 and 17 years may serve as election judge trainees.
- You may not serve as an election judge if you are a relative of, or temporarily or permanently live in the same household of, a candidate who appears on the ballot for election in that precinct.
Compensation and Leave from Work
State Law allows election judges to be excused from work to serve without loss of pay. The employee must provide their employer with 20 days’ written notice. Election judges are compensated by the City for their service, unless they opt to volunteer their time. All election judges wishing to be compensated for their service must complete and submit the required payroll forms. The forms are available below as a fillable PDF. Please send your complete paperwork as a single file to
- Election judge payroll paperwork (fillable)
Positions and Duties
Election judges may serve in a variety of capacities in the days leading up to the election and on Election Day. Duties on Election Day include opening and closing the polls, greeting voters, setting up polling equipment, checking in registered voters, registering new voters, and distributing ballots. The following positions are needed to administer elections:
- Election judges serve at an assigned polling place on Election Day. The compensation rate for election judges is $10.00 per hour.
- Head election judges provide leadership and supervision at their assigned polling place on Election Day. Typically, two supervisors are assigned to each polling place. Supervisor judges are compensated at $11.50 per hour, and are reimbursed for mileage and cell phone usage.
- Absentee judges serve during the absentee voting periods before Election Day. Absentee judges are scheduled to serve on the Absentee Ballot Board and to process absentee ballot applications during regular business hours (typically Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Some absentee judges are also needed to process absentee ballots at City Hall on Election Day. The pay rate for absentee judges is $11.50 per hour.
More information on being an election judge is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.