Election Judges … How to apply

Minnesota law allows for two types of citizen involvement in helping ensure the integrity of the elections.

  • Election Judges
  • Election Challengers

Election Judges

Election judges are essential to our democracy. Election judges are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the elections process and is a great service to our community. (more detail)

Persons in Bridgewater Township interested in serving as an Election Judge may contact Janalee Cooper, Clerk of Bridgewater Township.

Election Challengers

At an election to fill partisan offices, the chair of an authorized committee of each major political party may appoint by written certificate voters from that political party to act as challengers of voters at the polling place for each precinct. Only one challenger from each major political party for each precinct is allowed to remain in the polling place at one time.

Challengers must be residents of the state of Minnesota and prove their residency by presenting one of the proofs of residency listed in M.S. 201.061, subd. 3, accepted for election day registration.   Challengers do not need to prove residence in the precinct where they are appointed on Election Day.  (M.S. 204C.07; 204C.12)

Persons interested in becoming Election Challengers should contact their party for additional information.

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