Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 135
Rochester, MN 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2900
Fax: 507-328-2901
TDD: 507-328-2900

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Election Judges

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Rochester needs you! Work in one of the city's polling places on Election Day in 2020 helping your friends and neighbors cast their ballots and and get paid for your service. 

Already signed up?

You need to complete training, submit either a hire form or volunteer form, and know your assignment for the elections you are working in.

Election Judge Training can be completed online. Please review the instructions for online training to complete your training.

Still need to sign up?


Are you (or is someone you know): 

  • a resident of Minnesota?
  • a U.S. Citizen?
  • not had your voting rights revoked?
  • able to read, write, and speak English?
  • eligible to vote?**

Do you want to 

  • earn $10-$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 is involved?

  • There is a 2 hour training class which can be completed online or in person.
  • Judges must be at the polling place at 6:00 A.M. and work until they are finished that evening (around 10:00 or 11:00 P.M. or later)  We would like it if people can work all day, but we will consider part-time help as well, like 6 am - 2:30 pm  or 2 pm to end of day.
  • There is a Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020.
  • There is a State and Local Primary on August 11, 2020/
  • There is a General election on November 3, 2020.
  • If you are an election judge at a place that is not your polling place, you may vote absentee before Election Day.
  • You can work in one, two, or all three elections in 2020.
  • Regular judges are currently paid $10 per hour; head or co-head judges are paid $12 per hour. Head and co-head judges must have worked as an election judge previously. 

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
  • Tabulate and transmit results after polls close
  • Certify the polling place results

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
  • High school students 16 and older may serve as student election judges.

How do I sign up?

 In person - Come to the City Clerk's Office and give us your name, address, phone and availability (full-time or half-day, am or pm) and whether you are interested in being a regular judge or co-head judge

Do I have to use vacation time to work as an election judge?

State law allows you to receive time off from work to be an election judge without a loss of wages.
To qualify, you must notify your employer in writing at least 20 days before the election you will be working in and let them know your rate of pay as an election judge.

The Secretary of State's Office has prepared a memo that can be shared with your employer explaining the requirements of state law around allowing employees to serve as election judges.

Your employer can reduce your salary or wages by the amount you are paid for being a judge during the hours you are away from work. (For example: If you normally work 8 hours, and your regular salary is $15 per hour and your election judge salary will be $10 per hour, your employer can reduce your normal salary of $120 by $80 and pay you the difference of $40.) You can also choose to take a vacation day to be fully paid by your employer and receive the judge salary you earn as extra income. An employer cannot require you to take vacation time to serve as an election judge. (M.S. 204B.195)


** Student Election Judges:
  • must be 16 or 17 years old (once they reach 18 years of age, then they can apply to be a regular judge)
  • must be enrolled in a high school or homeschooled in Minnesota
  • may work from 6 am to no later than 10 pm at the polling place (half-day shifts are available)

Even if you're not interested in this wonderful opportunity, tell your spouse, your kids (if they're 16 or older), your neighbors, or whomever you can think of. Pass the word along!