Make a Difference on Election Day!

Election judges are essential to our democracy. They are the officials that serve the voters in the local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge is an opportunity to GET PAID to learn more about the election process and to provide a great service to the community. In Minnesota, high school students can work as student election judges as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Are age 16 or older on or before Election Day.
  • Are a U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school (or home schooled).
  • Have received school and parental permission.


The YMCA Center for Youth Voice works with Minnesota cities and counties to help recruit and coordinate student election judges.


IF YOU ARE A STUDENT interested in working as an election judge, you can:

IF YOU ARE AN ELECTION OFFICIAL interested in creating, expanding or enhancing your student election judge program, check out our Student Election Judge Toolkit. If you would like assistance making a connection to you local high school(s), contact Amy Anderson at amy.anderson@ymcamn.org or call 612-330-3045.