Elections are a big deal, obviously. They determine who will make the decisions for your city, your school district, your state or your country.

Residents with a stake in what’s going on in the world around them should vote.

Putting those elections on is a big job. Getting people checked in, giving directions and making sure every vote is counted correctly takes a lot of work.

That’s why it’s important to have good election judges.

The city of Farmington and the city of Rosemount are both looking for judges right now to work in this November’s election. It’s not a glamorous job. It doesn’t pay a lot. In the best case, you spend the day talking to interesting people and go home feeling like you played a part in the electoral process, but worst case you deal with crabby voters who are upset because they had to wait in line and their ballot doesn’t look right.

Still, elections don’t happen without judges. They can’t.

Some judges have been working local elections for years, but there is always a need for new help. If you are available Nov. 4 and interested in being part of the process, we encourage you to get involved. If you live in Farmington, you can find more information at ci.farmington.mn.us. In Rosemount, go to ci.rosemount.mn.us.