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Become an Election Judge
Learn More About Election Judges
Inver Grove Heights’ ten polling locations are staffed by citizens who are appointed as election judges. Election judges are essential to our democracy and responsible for the administration of election procedures in each precinct on election day. Election judges are vital to the election process and they help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on election day. Become a member of this proud team working to guarantee the election process is fair and in accordance with the law.

Requirements:
To serve as an election judge in the City of Inver Grove Heights, individuals must be: 
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota 
  • Able to read, write and speak English    
  • Trained and certified as an election judge
  • Work Full-Day 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (approximately) or Part-Time 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

An election judge cannot be: 
  • A candidate in the election 
  • The spouse, parent, child, or sibling of a candidate or another judge in the same precinct 
  • Live in the same household as a candidate   
  • A challenger

Selection:
Election judges are selected by the City Clerk depending on the needs for each election and are appointed by the City Council at least 25 days before each election. Judges work at the primary election and the general election. Judges are paid on an hourly basis and compensated for attending the required training provided by the City Clerk. In 2012, precinct judges will be compensated $11 per hour and head election judges, who serve as the precinct supervisor, will be compensated $13 per hour.  Election judges can choose to volunteer or be paid to serve.

Additional Information
  • State law allows time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge with 20 days prior notice to the employer.
  • The 2016 Primary Election is scheduled for August 9, 2016, and the General Election is scheduled for November 8, 2016.
  • Election judge assignments do not always mean you will be assigned to your nearest precinct or that you have control over who is assigned to the precinct.  If you have special requests, please contact the City Clerk.


Election Judge Duties:
Head Judge: in charge of the Polling Place
Greeter Judge: directs traffic flow and maintains order
Roster Judge: signs in voters who registered in advance
Registration Judge: registers voters who did not register in advance
Demonstration Judge: explains how to mark a ballot
Ballot Judge: provides the ballots to the voters
Ballot Counter Judge: oversees the ballot counter and hands out "I Voted" stickers
Additional duties including setting up and closing down the polling place and certifying the polling place results.


Application
If you are interested in serving as an election judge, please complete an online application or fill out application and submit it to the City Clerk’s office. If you have questions about serving as an election judge, please contact Michelle Tesser by email or by phone (651) 450-2513.