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204B.19 ELECTION JUDGES; QUALIFICATIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Individuals qualified to be election judges. Except as provided in
subdivision 6, any individual who is eligible to vote in this state is qualified to be appointed
as an election judge.
    Subd. 2. Individuals not qualified to be election judges. No individual shall be appointed
as an election judge for any precinct if that individual:
(a) is unable to read, write or speak the English language;
(b) is the spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or
of any candidate at that election; or
(c) is a candidate at that election.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1985 c 248 s 37]
    Subd. 4. Additional qualifications permitted; examination. The appointing authority may
establish additional qualifications which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section
and which relate to the ability of an individual to perform the duties of an election judge. The
appointing authority may examine any individual who seeks appointment as an election judge to
determine whether the individual meets any qualification established under this section.
    Subd. 5. Party balance requirement. No more than half of the election judges in a precinct
may be members of the same major political party unless the election board consists of an odd
number of election judges, in which case the number of election judges who are members
of the same major political party may be one more than half the number of election judges in
that precinct.
    Subd. 6. High school students. Notwithstanding any other requirements of this section, a
student enrolled in a high school in Minnesota or who is in a home-school in compliance with
sections 120A.22 and 120A.24, who has attained the age of 16 is eligible to be appointed as a
without party affiliation trainee election judge in the county in which the student resides. The
student must meet qualifications for trainee election judges specified in rules of the secretary of
state. A student appointed as a trainee election judge may be excused from school attendance
during the hours that the student is serving as a trainee election judge if the student submits a
written request signed and approved by the student's parent or guardian to be absent from school
and a certificate from the appointing authority stating the hours during which the student will
serve as a trainee election judge to the principal of the school at least ten days prior to the election.
Students shall not serve as trainee election judges after 10:00 p.m. Notwithstanding section 177.24
to the contrary, trainee election judges may be paid not less than two-thirds of the minimum wage
for a large employer. The principal of the school may approve a request to be absent from school
conditioned on acceptable academic performance at the time of service as a trainee election judge.
History: 1981 c 29 art 4 s 19; 1983 c 126 s 1; 1983 c 303 s 7; 1985 c 39 s 1; 1987 c 266 art
1 s 27; 1991 c 237 s 1,2; 1995 c 34 s 1; 2000 c 467 s 18; 2004 c 293 art 2 s 19,20