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Serve as an Election Judge
Serving as an Election Judge is a great way to show pride in your community while learning about the election process and getting paid!

Election judges serve as the officials in the polling places on Election Day. Some duties include opening and closing the polls, registering and signing in voters, distributing and collecting ballots, operating voting equipment, recording and certifying vote totals, and ensuring voters' rights are protected.

The City is seeking Election Judges to serve at Columbia Heights polling places for the following 2020 elections: the Presidential Primary on March 3, the State Primary Election on August 11, and the General Election on November 3.

If you are interested in serving as an election judge, please complete the Election Judge Application (PDF).

Completed applications can be emailed to the City Clerk at ntingley@columbiaheightsmn.gov. They can also be mailed to or brought to:
Columbia Heights City Hall
Attn: City Clerk
490 40th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Who is eligible to be an election judge?
The following is a list of qualifications that must be met:

  • Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota
  • Must be able read,  write, and speak English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age (16 & 17 year old students can serve as Election Judge trainees)
  • Cannot be a candidate in the election or closely related to a candidate
  • Cannot be closely related to another election judge in the same polling place, but can serve in another polling place or during a different shift

Other Items to Note
Election Judges are required to attend a 2-hour training class. Judges are paid to attend.

Minnesota State Law allows time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge as long as you provide at least a 20-day notice to your employer.