Become an Election Judge

Election judges play an important role in administering elections. The City of Lakeville welcomes inquiries from individuals who are interested in serving as election judges.


  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read, write and speak English. (Student judges must be 16 or 17 years old to be an election judge trainee.)
  • There are restrictions on having relatives serve together as election judges. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as the candidate, cannot serve in the precinct the candidate is on the ballot. Candidates cannot serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.
  • Ability to take time off from work to serve. Minnesota law allows you to be absent from work without penalty or loss of wages to serve as an election judge. Employer certifications can be provided to show that you are serving as an election judge.

More information on becoming an election judge can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.


  • Election judges are paid $12/hour
  • Head judges are paid $14/hour
  • Absentee voting judges are paid $13/hour
  • All judges must be paid via direct deposit and complete all required payroll documentation


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 election season.


Prior to serving, all election judges are required to complete a paid, online training in mid-October, which takes approximately two hours to complete.


If you have additional questions, email City Clerk Ann Orlofsky or call 952-985-4404.