Election Judge Information

How to Become an Election Judge

Washington County hires election judges for Birchwood, Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Grant, Lakeland, Landfall, Oakdale, Pine Springs, and Woodbury. If you'd like to be an election judge in another city or town, please contact the municipal clerk directly.

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, complete the Election Judge Application and submit by:

Training and Certification

Everyone is required to be trained in 2022.

Certification starts when you complete the training and ends on August 1st of the following even year. All certifications to serve as an election judge run for a two year cycle. 

Election Judge Guide

The 2022 Election Judge Guide (PDF) is available in digital format from the Secretary of State's website.

An individual who has been selected to serve as election judge must:

  • Complete two hours of online training.
  • Wear identification (first name only) on the day of the election (name tags provided)
  • Take direction from the Head and Co-Head Judge.
  •  Administer election procedures according to training, referencing duty specific folders.
  • Open and/or close the polls.
  • Check-in registered voters.
  • Register new voters.
  • Be responsible for election materials and documents.
  • Distribute ballots.
  • Help voters who require assistance.
  • Set up and take down election equipment.
  • Compile the summary statements of the election results.
  • Certify the precinct election results.