High voter turnout expected at the polls on Nov. 6 means local election officials need more help.
Joe Mansky, elections manager for Ramsey County, said Tuesday that the call goes out every four years for more election judges.
“We always need additional judges in the presidential years,” Mansky said. The off-year elections are handled with existing judges who return regularly, he said.
The need for election judges this year extends statewide, too.
Ramsey County notes that state law requires employers to let election judges have the day off, without loss of pay. That means judges don’t have to take vacation or personal time.
Judges also can earn $8 an hour from the county.
Prospective judges are paid to attend a mandatory two-hour class on election law. They may, or may not, be assigned to their own precinct or city, Mansky said, depending on overall needs in the county.
In Ramsey County, they’re particularly looking for election judges who speak Hmong, Spanish, Somali or Russian.
The Secretary of State’s Office has more online information and a brochure about election judge duties.