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Local Newspapers:
Sun Sailor
Lakeshore Weekly News
Star Tribune

Minnesota e-Democracy

MN League of Women Voters

The LWV also sponsors non-partisan candidate forums and debates; for more information, contact the League of Women Voters at 651.224.5445.

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City of Shorewood Elections

Hennepin County Elections

Secretary of State Elections

MN League of Women Voters

South Tonka LWV
Contact South Tonka LWV



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Be an Election Judge

To register to vote, find your voting location or to view sample ballots see Minnesota Votes.

Election Judges serve our community in the polling places on election day. Their efficient and honest work insures fair elections. The City of Shorewood needs people for this exciting and vital work and will pay you. Submit the Election Judge Application to the City of Shorewood. Training is provided in July for the August Primary and November General Elections.


  • Candidates for office cannot be an election judge in a precinct where they appear on the ballot. This includes those who are actively campaiging as a write-in candidate.
  • 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, parent, child, stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister.
  • A person who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as a candidate cannot serve in a precinct where the candidate is on the ballot.
  • Election judges who are relatives to each otehr cannot serve together in the same precinct during the same shift. Relatives include a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. Relatives can work separate, non-overlapping shifts in the same precinct.
  • A challenger appointed to contest voter eligibility cannot serve as an election judge.

Training and certification

All judges must complete an election judge training course to serve. Classes are approximately two hours in length and are provided on a variety of days at no charge. Certification is good for two years.

Student Election Judge trainees

Students age 16 and 17 can be election judge trainees. To serve, students must be a U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school or homeschooled. They must obtain school and parental permission, and serve in the county where they reside or in an adjacent county. Trainees are paid at least two-thirs of the minimum wate. Like otehr judges, they do not have to serve the entire day; they cannot work past 10 p.m. Trainees are assigned the same duties as other judges, with the exception of rasks requiring party affiliation.Trainees must attend and complete the same training as other judges.

Right to time off from work to serve

Your employer is required to give you time off from work to be an election judge without a reduction in pay. To qualify you must:

  • Notify your employer in wriring at least 20 days in advance of Election Day.
  • Attach a copy of your schedule and pay rate form to your written notice. The schedule and pay rate will be provided by the jurisdiction that hires you as an election judge. "Without a reduction in pay" means you get to earn at least the same amount you would have had you gone to work that day. This means your employer can ask you to turn over the amount you earn as an election judge during hours you would have normally be scheduled to work, or that amount may be deducted from your pay by the employer. You may also choose to take a paid vacation day and keep your election judge pay. An employer cannot force you to take vacation or any other form of paid time off.


Full-day (6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.) or half-time shifts are available (6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Election Judge assignments are made by the Elections Department.

High School Students

If you are a high school student 16 and older and have good academic standing, you can be an election judge.

For further information, call 952.960.7900.