Dakota County General Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Elections - 8.14 - 11.12: Elections Support Volunteer

General Description

The conduct of accurate and transparent elections is extremely important to Dakota County and county voters. Volunteers are invited to become part of the elections staff so that they can help the county conduct high quality elections for our local communities.



Dakota County Administration Building

1590 Highway 55

Hastings MN 55033


Various locations around the county. Election judges will be referred to various Dakota County municipalities to serve on Election Day. Training will be provided by the host city.



August – November 2020

Intermittent hours at first with hours steadily increasing as Election Day dates get closer.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • General Office Support
  • Processing Materials
  • Packing precinct supplies
  • Testing voting equipment
  • Absentee Processing
  • Answering questions to assist voters
  • Post-Election Auditing
  • Data Entry


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must be able to maintain non-partiality at all times
  • Must take and pass a background check
  • Must be comfortable working with computers and other technology
  • Must be comfortable with public contact
  • Must be comfortable with technical details
  • Must be committed to the tasks at hand and reliable


Minimum Time Commitment

Intermittent hours at first with hours steadily increasing as Election Day dates get closer.


Activity Level


Mild - May include walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Periods of standing or sitting will be required. Comfortable shoes recommended.


Required Training

Most training will be hosted onsite by county staff. Depending on where you are assigned and what you choose to do closer to Election Day, training will be delivered by the county or a city. Date and locations will be announced after the application process.


COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: I acknowledge that a global pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization for COVID-19, an extremely contagious virus, which is believed to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact. I understand that the County has enacted preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but because of the nature of the virus, the County cannot guarantee that participants in the Opportunity will not become infected. I acknowledge that I understand the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in the Opportunity.


Contact Information

Andy Lokken | Elections Director

Dakota County Elections

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Phone: 651-438-4314

Email: andy.lokken@co.dakota.mn.us



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Background Check Must be Completed: Cleared
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Friday, August 14, 2020 and Thursday, November 12, 2020