Become an Election Judge

Election Judges

Election Judges are the people responsible for administering election procedures in the voting place on Election Day. The City of Delano needs you to become a member of this proud team!

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Please note that the City of Delano is currently not accepting applications for new election judges for the 2024 election year at this time. However, applications will be reopened as positions become available or as needed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Why are election judges so important? 

Election judges play an important role in administering elections by ensuring the constitutional rights of voters are protected. Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to learn more about the election process and to provide a great service to the community. 

Who can be an election judge?

You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read, write and speak English. 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.

Important dates for 2024

  • Presidential Primary: March 5, 2024
  • Primary Election: August 13, 2024
  • General Election: November 5, 2024

Right to Time Off From Work to Serve.

Your employer is required to give you time off from work to be an Election Judge without a reduction in pay. More information can be found on the Secretary of State Website:

Time commitment of election judges:

Training. Election judges must attend a required training with Wright County. Training can be done online or in person. Dates are to be announced. 
Absentee Voting. Some election judges (whose schedule allows) will also help facilitate absentee voting at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Delano. This is done prior to the Elections during normal business hours. 
Work Day Schedule. The City of Delano schedules its election judges in shifts. Times are approximate and judges can specify which time works best with their schedule.
     Morning: 6:00a - 12 (Noon)

Afternoon: 12 (Noon) - 5:30p

Evening: 5:30p - Close*
*Although polls close at 8p, Judges working the evening shift will be expected to stay
until all closing procedures are complete.