Employees needed to help with Nov. 5 election
The City Clerk’s office is asking City employees to help out by serving as election judges for the Nov. 5 municipal election. Election judges open and close the polls, register and sign in voters, distribute and collect ballots, operate voting equipment, and record and certify vote totals.
During this election, Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation. This will be city’s second election to use ranked-choice voting.
To be an election judge, you must be:
- Eligible to vote.
- Willing to attend a two-hour training class that will be held in City Hall on Friday, Nov. 1 from 2 to 4pm.
- Able to work either a full day (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.) or a part-time shift (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.) on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and provides an important service to our community. The City Clerk’s office especially needs judges who are fluent in a second language, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, Oromo, Laotian, Russian or American Sign Language.
How to apply
First, check with your supervisor to determine if it will be possible for you to serve as an election judge on Nov. 5. Then, contact Jilla Nadimi at Jilla.Nadimi@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3870 to request an application packet.
If you know of anyone who would be a good election judge, please tell them about this opportunity.
City employees who wish to serve as election judges within Minneapolis, have two options for being paid for their election judge service:
- Serve an eight hour shift as an election judge and receive your regular City pay for those eight hours.
- Serve as an election judge for more than eight hours and receive your regular City pay for your normal eight hours and then receive hourly election judge pay for the hours that exceed your normal eight hours. Minneapolis election judges pay is $8.75 per hour. (Please note: There is no option for receiving overtime pay.)
For more information
- Take a look at the Election Judge FAQ document found in CityTalk’s policy section.
- Visit the website at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov.
- Follow the process on www.twitter.com/votempls or www.facebook.com/votempls
Published Sep 4, 2013