Voting in elections is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have.
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.
- Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election.
- Know what’s going on in your country and community.
- Contact public officials about issues that are important to you.
- Respect your right to vote! Many people in the world don’t have the right to vote.
Where do I vote?
- The in-person and mail-in absentee voting period is September 18 – November 2.
- The in-person absentee voting office will be held at City Hall in the council chambers during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- On Saturday, October 31, 2020, in-person absentee voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- If you would rather drop your mail ballot off in person, you may bring it to City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue North during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning September 18, 2020.
Voting on Election Day
You can find out where your polling location is by using our polling place map.
You can use the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal.
What is a primary election?
A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.
What is a presidential primary?
In 2016, legislation was passed establishing a presidential nomination primary.
The March 3, 2020, Minnesota Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP) online absentee application is available at MNVotes.org.
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- Property and local amenity information
- Comprehensive list of your elected officials
- City service information and employee contacts for your neighborhood
Important dates for the 2020 election
|January 17||Absentee voting begins for presidential nomination primary|
|February 11||Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for presidential nomination primary|
|February 11||Possible special election date – no elections currently scheduled|
|February 25||Precinct caucuses|
|March 2||Extended hours for absentee voting 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2 Absentee voting for presidential nomination primary election closes at 5 p.m.|
|March 3||Presidential nomination primary day, polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.|
|April 14||Possible special election date – no elections currently scheduled|
|May 12||Possible special election date – no elections currently scheduled|
|May 19||Early candidate filing period opens for offices with a potential primary|
|June 2||Early candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. for offices with a potential primary|
|June 4||Candidate withdrawal deadline at 5 p.m. for offices with a potential primary|
|June 26||Absentee voting begins for primary election|
|July 21||Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for primary election|
|July 28||Late candidate filling period opens|
|August 4-10||In-person voting begins, CAC, 5600 85th Ave N. ,8am-5pm.|
|August 10||In-person absentee voting for primary election closes at 5 p.m.|
|August 11||Primary election day, polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.|
|August 11||Late candidate filling period closes at 5 p.m.|
|August 13||Candidate withdrawal deadline at 5 p.m. for late filing period|
|September 18||Absentee voting begins for general election|
|October 13||Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for general election|
|October 31||Extended hours for absentee voting 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.|
|November 2||In-person absentee voting for general election closes at 5 p.m.|
|November 3||General election day, polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.|