Election judges are essential to our democracy! The YMCA Center for Youth Voice works with Minnesota cities and counties to help recruit and coordinate student election judges statewide. 

In Minnesota, high school students can get paid to work as an election judge if they meet the following requirements:

  • Are age 16 or older on or before Election Day.
  • Are a U.S. citizen in good academic standing.
  • Have received school and parental permission.

As election judges, students learn to navigate the internal workings of our election and government systems. Students also gain skills they can apply elsewhere and earn money. Finally, while serving their own communities as election judges, students can see the impact they have and the importance and power of each individual vote. 


  • Earn $10-$17 per hour
  • Learn more about the election process
  • Connect with your local community
  • Impress your parents and teachers


Minnesota students ages 16+


Your community


Free (the students get paid!)

Getting Started

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

IF YOU ARE AN ELECTIONS 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.