Election Judges

The City of Faribault is now accepting applications for the position of Election Judges for a number of upcoming elections. See below a more detailed description of what the position entails. To begin your application, visit the online form here. 

Qualifications to be an Election Judge:

  • Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Must be at least 18 year of age.
  • Cannot be a candidate in the election, or closely related to a candidate.
  • Cannot be closely related to another Election Judge in the same precinct, but can serve in another precinct.  (Closely related means a spouse, parent, child or sibling.)

Being an election judge involves:

  • A two-hour training class  
  • Commitment to any Special Elections throughout the year
  • Commitment to the Primary Election in August 
  • Commitment to the General Election in November 
  • Judges must be at the polling place at 6:00 am on Election Day and work until they are finished that evening, usually by 9:00 pm.  Half-day shifts are available. Judges willing to work a full day will be given priority.

Serving as an Election Judge

In the City of Faribault, we have four voting precincts.  They are as follows:

  • Precinct No. 1 – Rice County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, 1900 Fairgrounds Drive
  • Precinct No. 2 – Washington Center, 117 Shumway Avenue
  • Precinct No. 3 – Faribault Community Center, 15 Division Street West
  • Precinct No. 4 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1207 Prairie Avenue South
  • Absentee Voting Precinct -     Rice County Government Services Building

Additional Information

Election Judges must remain impartial at all times while on duty.  They must avoid any action that may influence a voter.  When a voter asks for help, two Election Judges of different political parties must be present to help.

All Election Judges are required to have training, which lasts about two hours.  This training is given by the Rice County Auditor’s Office.  You will be paid for the time spent training.

The day of the Election, Co-Chairs/Head Judges and Election Judges are expected to arrive at the polling site at 6 a.m. to set up the site.  The ballots and supplies from the County Auditor’s office will be delivered to the polling site by a designated city staff member assisting at your site.

The polls are open to the public at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m.  After the polls close, the Election Judges close-out the counting machine, fill out forms, and put supplies away.  The Election Judges are finished working at this time. The two Co-Chairs and a City Staff member deliver the ballots, supplies and a memory box containing the election totals to the Rice County Auditor’s office.  

*Election Judges will have the option of working a full day or a half-day. Election Judges who work a full day are allowed a lunch break and dinner break when there is appropriate coverage. Election Judges who choose to work a half-day will work either 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; or 1:00 p.m. - approximately 10:00 p.m.  

Election Judge application