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Voting gives you a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to you.

How to make a difference in the election process:

  • Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting.
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2023 Election

The Special Primary Election is Tuesday, May 9, 2023 and the Special Election is Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

NOTE: If more than two residents file to be elected as Council Member for the West district, a municipal Special primary election will be held on May 9, 2023, to nominate candidates for the August 8, 2023, municipal Special election.

Eligible residents who desire to become a candidate for Council Member for the West District, must file an affidavit of candidacy and nominating petition with the City Clerk. Affidavits of candidacy and nominating petitions will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2023 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

The elected Council Member will serve the remaining term of former Council Member Susan Pha, which goes through December 31, 2024.

  • West District Council Member Candidates: an Affidavit of Candidacy, a $25 filing fee and nominating petitions signed by 25 registered voters from the West district is required.
  • All candidates must file in the City Clerk’s Office (City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N).
  • Candidate packets will be available from the City Clerk’s Office prior to the filing dates.

If you have any questions about filing for office, please contact the City Clerk at 763-493-8180 or email

2023 Important dates

May 9, 2023 – Special Primary

Date Action
December 12, 2022 Council accepts resignation from Council Member Susan Pha and declares a vacancy in the West District
January 9 Council Orders Special Election for May 9 2023; if more than two candidates file, the Primary would be held on May 9 with the Special on August 8, 2023
January 12 Submit Legal Notice for Candidate Filing Period (February 14-28, 2023)
January 19 Candidate Filing Notice Published in Newspaper
January 26 Candidate Filing Notice Published in Newspaper
January 31 Deadline for publishing Candidate Filing Period (205.13, Subd. 2)
February 14-28 Candidate Filing Period
March 2 Candidate Withdrawal Closes at 5 p.m.
February 22 Deadline to Submit Notice of Election to Hennepin County
March 24-May 8 Early Voting Period
April 25 Publish First Notice of Election and Sample Ballot
May 2 Publish Second Notice of Election
May 2 Direct Balloting begins for early voting
May 6 Open Saturday for Early Voting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 8 In-person early voting closes at 5 p.m.
May 9 Special Primary Day

August 8, 2023 – Special Election

Date Action
May 24 Deadline to Submit Notice of Election to Hennepin County
June 23-August 7 Early Voting Period
July 25 Publish First Notice of Election and Sample Ballot
August 1 Publish Second Notice of Election
August 1 Direct Balloting begins for early voting
August 5 Open Saturday for Early Voting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
August 7 In-person early voting closes at 5 p.m.
August 8 Special Election Day

Candidates (West District Special Election)

Candidate Name Contact Information Website Date Filed
Tony McGarvey 763-280-3354 2/22/2023
Daniel D. Goba 612-760-1387 2/27/2023
Yelena S. Kurdyumova 763-566-0075 2/27/2023

Voting information

Absentee Voting

The in-person and mail-in absentee voting options are available for elections. Details for voting absentee, applying for a ballot and mailing instructions can be found on our Voting page.

Learn more on our Voting page >

The absentee voting period for the May 9, 2023 Special Primary Election is from March 24-May 8, 2023.

Voting In Person

  • Vote at City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N. during business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • On Saturday, May 6 and August 5, 2023, voting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Apply for an Absentee Ballot

  • You can apply for an Absentee Ballot by:
    • Pick up an application at City Hall or download from the city’s website.
    • Call 763-493-8119 or 763-493-8180 and have it mailed to you
  • Once completed and signed, return your absentee ballot application as soon as possible to Hennepin County by:
    • Mailing to the Hennepin County Elections Government Center
      300 S. 6th St MC 012 Minneapolis MN 55487-0012
    • Or emailing it to

Polling places

You can find out where your polling location is by using our polling place map. This map will show you your updated district, precinct, and polling place information based on 2022 redistricting.

You can also use the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal. Your local polling place, precinct, and district information on this site may take until June 2023 to be updated to reflect redistricting.

Precinct caucuses

The next statewide precinct caucuses will take place on February 27, 2024.

Precinct caucuses (which are managed by political parties, not election officials) are happening Tuesday, February 27. To find more information or access the caucus finder tool, visit the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s precinct caucuses information page.

Where do I go?

Find your caucus location with the online Caucus Finder.

Precinct maps

We’ve prepared precinct maps for each Council District in both handout and large map formats.

District Handout size (11×17″) Large size (3×3′)
West District download maps > download maps >
Central District download maps > download maps >
East District download maps > download maps >
Whole city reference Not available download map >

Printing costs

You can purchase printed copies of these maps and pick them up at City Hall. The cost for handout size maps is $3.00 per district. The cost for large size maps is $6.00 per district printed in color or $4.00 per district printed in black and white.

For more information please contact our City Clerk at

Election results

2022 General Election results >

2022 Special Election results >

View Hennepin County election results >

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School Board elections

Brooklyn Park has three school districts located in its boarders: Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo Area and Robbinsdale Area school districts.

2023 Anoka-Hennepin elections

Anoka-Hennepin School District is holding elections for School Board positions on November 7. View polling places and voting areas on our School Board elections page.

School Board elections >

What is a primary election?

A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

See more about primary elections >

What is a presidential primary?

In 2016, legislation was passed establishing a presidential nomination primary.

See more about presidential primary elections >
Find out where your caucus location will be >

Information by address

You can find a variety of information by entering your address. You can find out:

  • Property and local amenity information
  • Comprehensive list of your elected officials
  • City service information and employee contacts for your neighborhood

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