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Apply to be an Election Judge- Deadline Extended Until May 25

Published on May 15, 2018 at 03:33p.m.

The City needs election judges to work at Maple Plain’s polling place during the primary Tuesday, August 14, and the general election Tuesday, November 6. Election judges for Maple Plain do not have to live in Maple Plain. Election judges are paid for training and work in the polls on election day. The rate is $10.00 per hour for regular election judges and $11.00 per hour for the head election judge. If you have any questions please call or email Nicole Kathman at 763-479-0515 or nkathman@mapleplain.com.

To apply fill out and turn in the 2018 Election Judge Application and 2018 Election Judge Survey below by Friday, May 25, 2018.

Being an election judge involves:

  • A two-hour training class
  • Commitment to the Primary election in August
  • Commitment to the General election in November

Qualifications to be an Election Judge:

  • Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Must be at least 18 year of age.
  • Cannot be a candidate in the election, or closely related to a candidate.
  • Cannot be closely related to another election judge in the same precinct working the same shift, but can serve in another precinct or on a different shift.


Judges open and close the polls, register new voters at the polling location, distribute ballots, protect voter privacy, calculate and certify results. Below are the main election judge positions. 

  • The Head/Lead Judge is in charge of the polling place.
  • The Greeter Judge directs traffic flow and maintains order.
  • The Roster Judge signs in voters who registered in advance.
  • The Registration Judge registers voters who did not register in advance.
  • The Demonstration Judge explains how to mark a ballot.
  • The Ballot Judge gives ballots to voters.
  • The Ballot Counter Judge oversees the ballot box area and gives out “I Voted” stickers
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