City’s student election judge program receives national award

The City of Minneapolis’ student election judge program received an award from The U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The commission’s “Clearie” awards recognize outstanding innovations in election administration that can serve as examples to election officials nationwide.

Since 1991, the City’s student election judge program has recruited high school students 16 and older to work on Election Day. Participants train with and work alongside adult election judges, giving them hands-on experience in administering elections. The program increases the number of election judges the City has, provides the City with more judges who can speak languages other than English and helps diversify elections staff so it better reflects communities they serve.

There were 291 student election judges participating in this month’s municipal election. That amounted to more than 10 percent of the City’s entire election work force.

“The City of Minneapolis prides itself on securing equal access, understanding, and engagement for all voters and we are incredibly proud of the ongoing efforts of our elections team in providing opportunities to engage the City’s youth,” said Council Member Jacob Frey, chair of the Elections Committee. “The student election judge program is one of the primary ways we seek to engage the next generation of voters in the electoral process, and, we hope, thereby ensuring a lifetime of engagement and appreciation of the process.”

More information on the student election judge program is available on the City’s elections website.