In the midst of a global pandemic, Minnesota faces a massive shortage of poll workers, especially in our most populous counties and city centers. Our state needs more Minnesotans to serve as poll workers especially those who are the following: 
 Younger Minnesotans who are at lower risk of COVID-19 complications, 
Lawyers committed to understanding the ins and outs of election law and administration, or 
Tech-savvy to help keep the electronic voter machines up and running.  

Poll Worker Requirements  

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota  
  • Able to read, write, and speak the English language 
  • Students 16 and 17 years-old can be election judge trainees. 
  • There are restrictions on having relatives serve together as election judges. A relative is defined as a spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or stepsibling. 
  • Relatives cannot serve together in the same precinct at the same time. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as a candidate, cannot serve in the precinct where the candidate is on the ballot. 
  • Candidates cannot serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.