Election Judges

Responsibilities of Head Judge

Act as Supervisor of polling place along with another Head Judge. Perform all other election judge duties.

Responsibilities of Election Judges

Election Judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place. Election judges help to guarantee the rights of voters are protected on Election Day.

Any person who resides in and is eligible to vote in the state where they serve is eligible to be an election judge. Judges must state a political party preference. No more than half of the election judges in a precinct may be members of the same major political party.

All assigned election judges are required to attend a two-hour election judge training through Wright County's Auditor's office. City of Otsego election judges are paid $15 an hour and head election judges are paid $17 an hour. 


Election judges perform the following duties:

  • Open and close the polls
  • Take responsibility for all election materials
  • Ensure qualified voters are permitted to vote only once
  • Distribute ballots
  • Maintain order in the voting place throughout the day
  • Register new voters at the polling place
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Obtain results after the polls are closed
  • Certify the precinct election results

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days, and a citizen of the United States.
  • You must state a political party preference.
  • You cannot be a husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate or be related to another election judge working in the same precinct.
  • You cannot be a candidate for the election in which you are serving as a judge.
  • You must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please contact the Deputy Clerk, Katie Kalland.

View the Election Judge Application (PDF).