Sartell Election Judges Needed

Election Judge FAQ

Wondering what it means to be an election judge or how much time you’ll be asked to commit? Here’s what you need to know before submitting your application!

Judges must reside in and be eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota.  They must state a political party preference, as State law requires a party balance in each voting place.

Please submit the Election Judge Application forms to

Judges of elections are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.

  • Open and close the polls
  • Be responsible for election supplies and materials
  • Ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote
  • Distribute ballots
  • Help voters requiring assistance
  • Maintain order in the polling place
  • Obtain results after the polls are closed
  • Certify precinct election results, and transport totals and supplies to election headquarters

The City of Sartell has 7 precincts.  Precinct polling places are located in churches and other public buildings.  A board of judges consisting of a Head Judge and four or more other judges will staff each precinct.

Yes. Judges are required to attend a training class every year they work. Classes are two hours long and are conducted at the Stearns County License Center West.  Training is usually scheduled sometime in July.  Additional classes may be held for those who are working only the November general election. Trainings are also available online.  Judges are paid to take the class, and this payment is processed along with the pay for any work on election day. Judges also receive mileage at the standard federal mileage rate. Judges will receive time sheets to keep track of hours and mileage.

Assignments are made based on several factors:

Number of vacancies

The number of judges working in each of our 7 precincts varies anywhere from 4 to 10 judges based primarily on the number of registered voters in the precinct.  Other issues, such as a heavily contested race, may also be factored into the decision.

Experience/number of elections worked

While judges are not guaranteed to work every election; judges that have the most experience or that have worked several elections are usually assigned first.

Home Precinct

Ideally, each judge would be assigned to work in or near his or her home precinct.  However, when necessary, judges may be called to work in any precinct in the City where additional judges are  needed.

Party Balance

Each precinct is required to have a board of judges with a political party balance. You will be required to select one of the following: DFL, Republican or None.

Basic Skills and Knowledge of Election Laws

You must demonstrate a satisfactory set of basic skills prior to being assigned to work in a precinct.   In addition, judges must demonstrate familiarity with current election laws.

Election judges can choose to work at either the special election, primary election, and/or general election.  They begin work at 6:00 a.m. and work until the polls are closed and the results tallied, usually about 15 – 16 hours.

The rate of pay will be $15.00 per hour. Head Judges receive an additional $75.00 per election. State law allows an individual to take time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge.

In most cases, you will be contacted by the City Clerk well in advance of the election.  However, last-minute replacements are usually made by telephone during the days immediately preceding the election.  If you are unsure whether or not you are scheduled to work the next election, contact the City Clerk (320)258-7303.

Judges who accept their assignment, and then find they cannot work should notify the City Clerk (320) 258-7303 or Deputy Clerk at (320) 258-7301 immediately.

  • Each precinct will have three protective check-in shields to limit exposure to voters.
  • Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available for all election judges to use at their discretion.
  • Election Judges are welcome to bring their own masks if they wish.
  • Floor markings will be in place, as well as signage and table placement, to promote social distancing during voting.