Election Judge Application

The City of Apple Valley is Recruiting Qualified Individuals to Hire as Election Judges for the General and City Election, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.


The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused a disruption in many of our lives, and we anticipate it will create challenges in the upcoming elections.  That's why your help is needed more than ever.  Please know that your safety is important to us.  As a result, the City of Apple Valley is implementing a variety of safety and social distancing measures including online training; gloves, masks, and safety glasses for election judges; sneeze guard shields between voters and judges; and greater distances between judges, voting booths, and voters waiting in line.
To be eligible to work as an election judge, individuals must:
  • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English
  • Be appointed by the City Council
  • Complete a minimum of two hours of training provided by the City
You may NOT be an election judge if you are:
  • A candidate on the ballot
  • The spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or stepsibling of a candidate on the ballot or another election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time
  • Living with a candidate on the ballot
  • A challenger appointed to contest voter eligibility

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Judges report to the polling place beginning at 5:30 a.m.  It is preferred judges work the full day, and preference will be given to applicants willing to work full days at both elections.  If you can only work a half day, the shifts are 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to closing.  Judges are paid an hourly rate of $10.50 per hour, and training on equipment and voting procedures will be provided.

If you are interested in serving as an election judge, complete and submit an online application.  If you are selected to serve, you will be notified of your assignment and training information in early October.

To encourage participation, State law allows individuals to take time off from work, without penalty or loss of wages, to serve as election judges.  Details on how to request time off from your employer in order to serve as an election judge can be provided.

Election Judge Application