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Election Judges Needed for Expected Heavy Election Voter Turnout
Posted Date: 4/1/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie, (651) 297-8919,

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The Office of Minnesota Secretary of State is calling on Minnesotans to serve as election judges on Primary Day, August 12, and Election Day, November 4 — in what is expected to be a heavy voter-turnout election. Each statewide election cycle, about 30,000 Minnesotans serve as election judges in 3,500-plus polling places.

Interested persons can apply and learn more about becoming an election judge at Poll workers are guaranteed pay and are granted time off from work by law. Potential judges must be eligible to vote in Minnesota; be able to read, write and speak English; and attend a training session provided by local election officials. Students age 16 and 17 can apply to be election judge trainees. Most cities and counties will appoint poll workers in May and June.

Judges’ duties include greeting and registering voters, providing ballots, assisting voters as needed, overseeing ballot-counting machines, and compiling precinct voter statistics at the end of Election Day.

High Need for Election Judges
The need for poll workers exists both in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, and especially for those who are fluent in languages other than English to assist a more diverse population of voters. Additionally, the need exists to establish a new generation of poll workers to offset those who have served for years and are retiring their positions.

This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

View 2014 election dates at the Secretary of State Website and sign up to receive election-related email updates.

About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Office of the Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.