Become an Election Judge

The City of Lakeville is recruiting election judges for the August 9, 2022 Primary Election and November 8, 2022 General Election. Available shifts are an all day shift from 6 a.m. – approximately 10 p.m., 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., or 2 p.m. – approximately 10 p.m. We are currently looking for judges willing to serve at the polling locations on Election Day.

In order to ensure party balance at the polling locations, not all applicants will be able to work as an election judge, particularly in the August 9 Primary Election as this is a slower election.

Below is a tentative timeline for the August 9, 2022 Election. (This timeline could change as we get closer to the Election. Please check this page periodically for updates.) 

  • After completing an application, stand by for next steps which will be emailed in late May/early June, as we get closer to the Election/election judge application deadline. All election judge correspondence will be sent via email, so you must include an email address on your application that can be monitored.
  • Friday, June 17 is the deadline for City of Lakeville election judge applications.  
  • Payroll paperwork would be mailed out during the last two weeks of June. Election judges would bring the completed forms to their training session.  
  • In-person training sessions would be held in the month of July, There would be at least three dates, with a few times to choose from.  
  • Precinct assignments would be emailed in late July, once all training sessions have been completed.   

(Additional information about the November 8, 2022 General Election would not be emailed until September.)

If you are interested in being an election judge, complete the City of Lakeville election judge application. You will need to complete a City of Lakeville application even if you signed up to be an election judge at your precinct caucuses or submitted an inquiry through Dakota County’s website.  


  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota and able to read, write and speak English. (Student judges must be 16 or 17 years old to be an election judge trainee.)
  • There are restrictions on having relatives serve together as election judges. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as the candidate, cannot serve in the precinct the candidate is on the ballot. Candidates cannot serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.
  • Ability to take time off from work to serve. Minnesota law allows you to be absent from work without penalty or loss of wages to serve as an election judge. Employer certifications can be provided to show that you are serving as an election judge.

More information on becoming an election judge can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.


  • Election judges are paid $12/hour
  • Head judges are paid $14/hour
  • Absentee voting judges are paid $13/hour
  • All judges must be paid via direct deposit and complete all required payroll documentation


Complete our online election judge application indicating whether you would like to work in the August 9, 2022 Primary Election, the November 8, 2022 General Election, or both Elections. (If you would like to work in both Elections, you will only need to complete one set of direct deposit forms and attend one set of training sessions when that time comes.)


If you have additional questions, email City Clerk Ann Orlofsky or call 952-985-4404.