Serve as an Election Judge

In 2020 the City of Anoka is looking for qualified individuals to serve as a Backup Election Judge  for  the  November 3, 2020 General Election.  Please submit and return the application below.

"While these are unprecedented times for our state and county, open and fair elections represent the core of democracy.  Election Planning must be carried out to support the constitutional right to vote, even in the face of this pandemic.  We greatly appreciate all veteran and new Election Judges, and we hope you will consider serving this year.

We hope you will consider serving as an Election Judge this year. In conjunction with our partners at the state and county, the City will do everything possible to help ensure a safe and healthy experience for all. We are committed to keeping you informed as possible with any changes to the voting process and to providing any training necessary to adjust to new practices or procedures."


Official duties of an Election Judge may include:

  • Assist voters, register voters and ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Close polling place following voting and determine results after polls close
  • Demonstrate how to vote and distribute ballots to voters and operate voting equipment
  • Setting up polling place


To qualify to be an election judge, you must: 

  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day and be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Complete required training session(s)
  • Not have your voting rights revoked

Unqualified Persons

You cannot be: 

  • The candidate or spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in the same precinct
  • The spouse, parent, child or sibling of an election judge serving in the same precinct


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

Paid to Serve

Election Judges are paid for training and working on the days of the Elections. Pay ranges from $8.75 to $10.50 per hour based on position held. 

Election judges are paid officials who staff the polling places and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Election judges must be at least 18 years old (unless serving as a student judge).

Absence from Work Protection

Minnesota law allows individuals to serve as an Election Judge and be absent from work without penalty, provided the Employee provides written notice to their Employer at least 20 days prior to each election - Minnesota Statutes Section 204B.195.

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 employees serving as an election judge to no more than 20% at a single work site

If you are interested in being an election judge, please fill out an application form and return it to City of Anoka Elections.  We hope that you will take part in this opportunity for civic participation.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Should you have any questions, please contact us at 763-576-2740 or via email to Rachel Dodge