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2018 Election Judge Application

Job Description

Even when our office is not having an election upcoming, we will still accept information from people who want to apply to be an election judge.

Contact Information:

City Administrator's Office
City Hall
101-14th Street
Cloquet MN 55720

ph: (218) 879-3347
fax: (218) 879-6555 

Are you (or is someone you know):

  • A resident of Minnesota?
  • A US Citizen?
  • Not had your voting rights revoked?
  • Able to read, write, speak English?
  • Eligible to vote?

Do you want to

  • Earn $12 per hour?
  • Get involved in the election process?
  • Work with the public?
  • Do something different than the same old run-of-the-mill stuff?
  • Get to meet lots of people?

If so, you (or someone you know) can be an election judge!

What does this involve?

  • There is a 2 hour training class (generally held in June/July and again in October)
  • Judges must be at the polling place at 6:00 am and work until they are finished that evening (around 10:00 or 11:00 pm or later.) 
  • There is a Primary Election on August 14, 2018
  • There is a General Election on November 6, 2018
  • If you are an election judge at a place that is not your polling place, you may vote absentee.
  • Regular judges are paid $10.00 per hour; head or co-head judges are paid $12.50 per hour.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • You must be able to read, write, and speak English
  • You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in that precinct

How does a person sign up?

  • Fill out an Election Judge Application
  • Email to request an application
  • Any questions, please contact the City Administrator's Office, City Hall, 101-14th Street, Cloquet MN 55720; ph: (218) 879-3347, fax: (218) 879-6555

Duties of an Election Judge

  • Set up the polling place
  • Operate voting equipment
  • Direct voters to the correct line
  • Register individuals to vote
  • Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Demonstrate how to vote
  • Distribute ballots to voters
  • Assist voters
  • Close down polling place following voting
  • Determine results after polls close
  • Certify the polling place results

Time Off Work to Serve as an Election Judge

State law allows you to receive time off from work to be an election judge.  For more information, visit  the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.

Even if you're not interested in this wonderful opportunity, tell your spouse, your kids (if they're 18), your neighbors, or whomever you can think of. Know any retirees? Pass it along to them!

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