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Become an Election Judge!City of Clarkfield How Do I Become an Election Judge?Complete (Download, Fill Out, and Save) and return the Election Judge Application Form.
How are the Judges Selected?The governing body of the municipality or township appoints election judges for precincts in municipalities or townships. Are Election Judges Paid?Yes, the pay varies according to council resolution and is atleast minimum wage.Who are Election Judges? Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedure in the polling place. Election judges open and close the polls on Election Day. They help voters who need assistance, ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote and certify precinct election results. Sometimes election judges are hired to process absentee ballots with the Absentee Ballot Board. Aleast two election judges in each precinct must serve with a different major political party designation (except in school district and township elections not held in conjuction with a statewide election, and for student trainee election judges). The remaining election judges in a precinct can serve without an affiliation to a major political party. What are Some Duties of Election Judges?1. To open and close the polls (some precincts have judges work from 6:00am - 9:00pm or later)2. To be responsible for all election material3. To ensure only qualified voters are permitted to vote only once4. To distribute ballots5. To help voters requiring assistance6. To maintain order in the voting place throughout the day7. To register new voters at the polling site8. To process absentee ballots9. To obtain the results after the polls are closed10. To certify the precinct election resultsElgibility Requirements1. You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days and be a citizen of the United States. You should be prepared to provide identification to prove your identity.2. You may take time off from your regular job without penalty, other than the reduction in wages for the time you are absent from your place of work serving as a election judge. 3. A person selected to serve as an election judge must give 20 days written notice prior to the election to his/her employer. For more information, see Minnesota Statute 204B.1954. You must be able to read, write, and speak the English language to serve as an election judge.5. Restrictions A. Candidates for office cannot be an election judge in a precinct where they appear on the ballot. This includes those who are actively campaigning as a write-in candidate.B. A person who is a relative of a candidate for office cannot serve in a precinct where that candidate is on the ballot. Relatives include a spouse, child, parent, stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister.C. A person who is temporarily or permanently living in the same house as a candidate cannot serve in a precinct where that candidate in on the ballot.D. Election judges who are relatives to each other cannot serve together in the same precinct during the same shift. Relatives include spouse, parent, child, stepchild, brother, sister, stepsister, or stepbrother. Relatives can work seperate, non-overlapping shifts in the same precinct.E. A challenger appointed by a political party to contest voter elgibility cannot serve as an election judge.Code of ConductWhile serving, leave your opinions at home. On Election day, it is your job to faithfully follow election laws to the best of your ability. This means:1. Remain courteous and professional at all times.2. Refrain from partisan comments or discussions.3. Avoid any actions that may influence how a person votes.4. Respect the secrecy of the ballot and the privacy of voters. Do not give advice, scrutinize ballots, or reveal how people voted. NEVER disclose personal information about voters found on the polling roster (in example, a voter's birthdate).How can I Become an Election Judge?If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please complete the Election Judge Application Form and return it to the Clarkfield City Administration Office or by email at
. You can also apply in person at the Clarkfield City Administration Office at 812 10th Avenue.Please specify, verbally or written, what times you would be available to serve as an election judge. Primary Election is August 9th and General Election is November 8th. The Clarkfield City Administration Office will contact you about election judge training and when your service will be needed. Judges are trained and certified for two years. They may work at one or several elections during their term of service.
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County: Yellow MedicineMayor: Jeff LobdellPopulation: 944 (2000 Census)Zip Code: 56223Area Code: 320