Become an Election Judge

To apply to become an Election Judge or Election Judge Trainee for the City of Inver Grove Heights, complete the job application in the Jobs section of the City of Inver Grove Heights Website.


During a general election, approximately 150 Election Judges are needed to staff 10 polling locations in Inver Grove Heights.  

Election Judges and Election Judge Trainees are paid officials who staff local polling places and ensure the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Election Judges must be at least 18 years old, while Trainees must be at least 16 years old. 

Election Judges are essential to our democracy. Serving as an Election Judge or Trainee provides an opportunity to learn more about the election process and is a great service to our community.

Election Judge Official Duties

On the day of an election, Election Judges may be assigned to: 

  • Set up the polling place
  • Greet and route voters
  • Check-in voters on an ePollbooks
  • Register new voters
  • Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Demonstrate how to vote
  • Distribute ballots to voters
  • Assist voters
  • Operate voting equipment
  • Close the polling place
  • Determine results after the polls close

Required Qualifications

To serve as an Election Judge you must:

  • On election day, be at least 18 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Have not had your voting rights revoked
  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Attend a three-hour training session
  • For Inver Grove Heights, have experience using an iPad or tablet

Preferred Qualifications

Ideally Election Judges:

  • Communicate clearly with voters
  • Enjoy assisting and serving the community
  • Are able to work long hours
  • Handle stressful situations calmly
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Have excellent math skills

Election Judge Trainees

Election Judge Trainees work in polling places with Election Judges. Trainees may begin a work day at 6 a.m. and end a work day no later than 10 p.m.

To be an Election Judge Trainee you must:

  • On election day, be at least 16 years old (at age 18 you may be an Election Judge)
  • Be enrolled in a high school or homeschool in Minnesota
    • If homeschooled, have your high school principal or your parent, sign a statement that you are performing at an acceptable academic level

Time Off to Serve

Time off from Employment

By law your employer must give you paid time off to serve as an Election Judge.

To qualify, you must provide your employer with a least 20 days written notice and the pay rate form you receive from the City Clerk when you are hired to serve as an Election Judge.

Your employer may:

  • Reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid as an election judge during the time you are away from work.
  • Restrict the number of its employees serving as an election judge to no more than 20 percent at a single work site.

Time off from School to Serve

To be excused from school to serve as an Election Judge Trainee, at least 10 days before the election, you must submit to your principal a written request signed by your parent or guardian along with the official notice you received from the City Clerk.