A voter fills out a ballot during a February 8, 2022 special election in Brooklyn Park. The city is recruiting election judges for the August 9, 2022 primary election and the November 8, 2022 general election. Photo: Jasmine Webber/Mshale
A voter fills out a ballot during a February 8, 2022 special election in Brooklyn Park. The city is recruiting election judges for the August 9, 2022 primary election and the November 8, 2022 general election. Photo: Jasmine Webber/Mshale

Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero has put out a request for residents to serve as election judges for the August 9 primary election and November 8 general election. Races on the ballot in November include that of governor and the entire state legislature. Brooklyn Park voters will also be voting for mayor and for three city council seats.

“If you are eligible to vote and can read, write, and speak English, and you are not a candidate in the election or closely related to a candidate, you can be an election judge,” a news release from the city said.

The city is also seeking to recruit bilingual judges.

High school students who are U.S. citizens, and are at least 16 years old, can work as election judge trainees, with permission from their school and parents.

Election judge Dr. Joash Omandhi assisting a Brooklyn Park voter during a special election on February 8, 2022. The city is recruiting election judges for the August 9, 2022 primary election and the November 8, 2022 general election. Photo: Jasmine Webber/Mshale

Election judges are paid $14 per hour and $15 per hour if you are a supervisor judge.

The deadline to apply to be an election judge for the August 9 primary is June 25 and October 7 for the November 8 election. There will be a mandatory 3-hour paid training prior to the elections.

Judges have the option of working a full day from 6:00 a.m. to polls closing or a half day i.e., 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to polls closing.

Prospective judges should fill out the form at this link to start the application process: https://www.brooklynpark.org/elections/election-judge-registration/

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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