Minneapolis Election Connection - Spring 2018

Election Connection: A newsletter for Minneapolis Election Judges

2018 calendar

Hiring seasonal staff;
Sign up to work for the season

Training for the primary election

August Primary
Tuesday, August 14

Training for those who did not work the primary election

November general election
Tuesday, November 6

On the general election ballot

Federal Offices:
U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator, Special Election
U.S. Representative

State Offices:
State Representative
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
State Auditor
Attorney General

County Offices:
Commissioner (Dists. 2, 3, 4)
County Sheriff
County Attorney

Minneapolis School Board
Members at Large (2 seats)
Members (Districts 1, 3, 5)

Judicial Offices:
Supreme Court (various seats)
Court of Appeals (various seats)
District Court - 4th Judicial District (various seats)

Hiring 50+ seasonal support staff

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In the coming weeks we will be advertising seasonal positions to support absentee voting, warehouse logistics, election judge recruitment, and election judge training. 

Most are full-time, temporary positions running from May/June through November.

Accepting applications now

Accepting applications later in April

  • Election warehouse staff (2 vacancies)
  • Absentee voting supervisors (6 vacancies)
  • Absentee voting staff (36 vacancies)
  • Election judge training staff (2 vacancies)

Want to apply? All jobs will be posted here when available. If there is a particular position listed above that you want to be notified of when posted, email ejcoordinator@minneapolismn.gov.

We need your help!

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Minneapolis voters will head to the polls twice this year; the primary election will be Tuesday, August 14 and the general election will be Tuesday, November 6. A large number of federal, state and local offices are up for election.

We will hire more than 1,800 election judges this year, and we hope you will be one of them! Watch for an email in the coming weeks with instructions on how to sign up.

Surprise! You’ve earned a raise.

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This summer, all judges will receive a pay increase to their hourly rates. The new pay rates will be:

$15.75: Team Judges/Student Judges
$16.50: Poll Book and Registration Specialist/Assistant Head Judges
$17.50: Head Judges
$22.00: Precinct Support Judge

Feature: City’s Student Election Judge Program receives national award

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Mayor Jacob Frey celebrating Minneapolis' Clearie Award with election director Grace Wachlarowicz (left) and outgoing student election judge coordinator Mary Davis (center)

The City of Minneapolis’ Student Election Judge Program received an award this past November from The U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The commission’s “Clearie” awards recognize outstanding innovations in election administration that can serve as examples to election officials nationwide.

Since 1991, the program has recruited high school students 16 and older to work on Election Day. Participants train with and work alongside adult election judges, giving them hands-on experience in administering elections. The program increases the number of election judges, provides the City with more judges who can speak languages other than English and helps diversify elections staff so it better reflects communities they serve.

There were 291 student election judges participating in the 2017 municipal election. That amounted to more than 10 percent of the City’s entire election work force.

See the U.S. Election Assistance Commission press release and learn more about the Student Election Judge Program.

Training classes to be held at Minneapolis City Hall

Election judge training classes will be held in room 107 at Minneapolis City Hall this election season. This large, open room will allow for more hands-on equipment training and bring the training operation and the administrative office under one roof. 

We will provide information in advance regarding transportation options, including bike, bus, carpool, and parking details. A full class schedule will be posted in the online election judge portal later in April.

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You spoke, we listened

Each year we gather extensive notes and feedback from head, assistant and precinct support judges on what worked and what didn’t. Here are a few of the changes we are implementing based on that feedback:

  • Usability improvements to the online Election Judge Portal.
  • Reassessment of drop-off site locations for Head and Assistant Head Judges on election night.
  • More clarity in training and materials on how to register homeless voters with poll books.
  • More clarity on line management strategies with poll books.
  • More hands-on training.
  • Implement an online training refresher between Primary and General elections.