The continued strength of our republic rests on the ability of citizens to carry out their constitutional right to vote. Free and fair elections require that citizens have confidence in the electoral system. Because of this, the Republican Party of Minnesota seeks to ensure that all elections are conducted openly and with integrity.

For elections to work, voters must be confident that their vote is counted. Without confidence in our elections, Minnesotans lose interest in participating in the political process. Ensuring the integrity of elections is a major priority for the Republican Party of Minnesota. Some integrity measures must be pursued through legislation, like cleaning up the voter rolls or implementing voter identification, but others, like volunteering as an election judge at your local polling place, can be accomplished when you volunteer your time.

Election judges are temporary, paid employees of local election officials trained to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place. Election judges represent one of the major political parties in the state. If we do not have enough Republicans willing to serve as election judges, then polling places may only have unaffiliated or Democrat election judges to conduct the elections.

The process includes two steps:

  1. Sign up with the MNGOP to be on the Republican Election Judge List
  2. Apply with your city, county or township to be an election judge. Contact your local election office to register. You can find contact information for your Local Election Office online here.

Not sure if being an Election Judge is right for you? Please consider helping in another way!

Poll challengers serve as appointees of the Republican Party of Minnesota and have the ability to make a challenge of voters when they have personal knowledge that someone is ineligible to vote.

Minnesota law allows the public to observe the testing of election equipment and software to ensure its accuracy. The timing of these tests is published in official newspapers for the voting jurisdiction and posted at local elections offices. We need volunteers to attend their local Public Accuracy Tests to ensure the equipment works as it is intended.

Many of us have had a car break down or someone that was going to give us a ride fall through, and to some people that happens on Election Day. Every election there are Republican voters who are unable to vote because they don’t have a way to get to their polling place. We need volunteers throughout the state so we can make sure that we get every vote possible for our candidates.

With new election districts this year many polling places might be changing. We need people who would be willing to answer our MNGOP Election Hotline to help voters find where they are supposed to vote.

Elections in Minnesota are conducted by city and township employees as well as county auditors and elections departments. These are public employees who will often be happy to meet with you and talk to you about how elections are conducted in your area. We are happy to help you find out who your local elections officials are so you can set up a time to visit them.

The Chair of major political parties may appoint an individual to observe the processing of ballots at central counting locations after the polls have closed. This may be a good job for those that are not able to commit the whole day to be an election judge.

 

Ballot boards are established to accept or reject absentee ballots. Republican election judges are needed for each one to ensure that ballots are accepted or rejected correctly according to state law.

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