ALBERT LEA, Minn. – There is a new need for election judges across the state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office is calling on anyone 16 years or older to consider getting involved during election seasons.
Freeborn County’s auditor and treasure Pat Martinson says that this need comes from the current pool of election judges growing older.
“The baby boomers are retiring,” she says, “and we’re really looking forward and have a need for more judges like younger people that might be interested as the older ones retired or aren’t able to do it or aren’t doing it for us anymore.”
In order to be an eligible candidate for the program, you must be able to vote in Minnesota, be able to read, and be able to write and speak English.
Judges are important piece of the Election Day and Martinson says that for many who have served as a judge before, they view it as an honor.
“They are very crucial to the election process and it’s an important civic duty,” Martinson says, “and in Freeborn County, we are very fortunate to have a lot of individuals who have done it for several years and we’re very appreciative.”
Some might be worried about taking off work and missing out on a couple of paydays, however officials tell us that by law the state will excuse anyone from work and all election judges who work at the polling place will be paid.