Student Election Judges

Be Involved in the Election Process Even Before You're Old Enough to Vote!

Did you ever join your parents as they went to vote? There are many tables and people standing in different lines. It looks daunting, but is exciting at the same time. Voting is the opportunity to have your individual voice heard. You have to wait until you're 18 to vote, but you can be a part of the election process NOW!

Student Election Judge Trainees

Being a poll worker (election judge) is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to gain valuable experience and help their community at the same time.

Students are paid $12/hour for training class and for time spent working in a polling site on election day.

Vote going into a United States shaped vote submission lock box

Eligibility Requirements

You must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the date of the election
  • Be a citizen of the United States (Identification may be required)
  • Be a resident of Dakota County
  • Be able to read, write and speak the English language
  • Be enrolled in high school or be home-schooled
  • Have parent approval
  • Attend an Election Judge training session (2-3 hours)

You cannot be:

  • Related to another election judge in the same precinct and work at the same time
  • A candidate's child, stepchild, sibling, stepsibling or live in same household as candidate on the ballot

Schools may offer extra credit in some courses to students who serve as election judge trainees.

For more information contact the City Clerk's Office or call 952-895-4468.