Voter Resources

Upcoming Elections

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  • November 3, 2020 - Statewide General Election (absentee voting began September 18)

  • February 9, 2021 - Special election for Second Congressional District (there is pending litigation; more info here)

 

Register to Vote

You can verify whether you are registered to vote at your current address here. You will need to re-register if you move to a new address, change your legal name, or do not vote throughout a four-year period. Most voters can register to vote online. Voters may also register to vote via a paper application that can be mailed or delivered to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office in St. Paul or to the voter's county elections office. Dakota County's elections office is in Hastings and Scott County's elections office is in Shakopee. If you are not registered, there are less than 21 days before the election, and you intend to vote in person on election day, you will need to register to vote at your polling place immediately prior to voting. Instructions for election-day registration are available here and a guide with pictures of what you will need to bring to the polling place is available here. If you cast an absentee ballot you may register to vote at the same time as mailing or casting the ballot in person, even if doing so less than 21 days prior to election day, but if the voter registration application and completed absentee ballot is being returned by mail or will be deposited in a drop box, you will need to obtain a witness signature.

 

Voters may seek assistance or raise concerns regarding voting and registering to vote by contacting the MN Secretary of State's office by phone at 877-600-VOTE (8683) or via email at secretary.state@state.mn.us. Dakota County voters may contact the Dakota County Elections office by phone at 651-438-4305 or via email at elections@co.dakota.mn.us. Scott County voters may contact the Scott County Elections Department by phone at 952-496-8560 or via email at scelections@co.scott.mn.us.

For those who are assisting others seeking to register online, the Minnesota Secretary of State's office has created a PowerPoint presentation that will walk you and those registering through the process.

How to Vote

Changes to procedures for the 2020 general election are noted below in red. Some of these changes are the subject of ongoing litigation.

 

Voters choosing to cast their ballot in person on election day may find their voting location via the polling place finder. For most elections, voters will also be able to access a sample ballot shortly before election day.​

With the exception of some special elections and township elections, absentee voting begins 46 days prior to each election. Voters may request an absentee ballot online or complete an absentee ballot application at a location that offers in-person absentee voting. For the 2020 general election all voters registered in Minnesota will be mailed an absentee ballot application if they have not already requested an absentee ballot, but voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot online if possible to avoid the delay associated with completing and mailing a paper absentee ballot application.

Voters do not need to have or provide a reason for voting absentee. Absentee ballots may be cast by mail and voters do not need to be registered to vote prior to requesting an absentee ballot. If a voter needs to register or update their registration, they can do so by including a voter registration application with their mailed absentee ballot, which will require a witness signature. Absentee ballots that are returned by mail typically must be received no later than election day by the voter's county elections office (or municipal elections office, if that office provided the ballot). However, a consent decree regarding the 2020 general election allows absentee ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by election day and received by November 10. The requirement that voters casting absentee ballots by mail obtain a witness signature has also been waived for the 2020 general election, but a voter who registers to vote by mailing a voter registration application with their completed absentee ballot will still need a witness signature. Voters returning absentee ballots by mail are encouraged to do so as early as possible to ensure their ballots are received in time and allow time to be notified if an absentee ballot returned by mail is rejected. Voters can track their absentee ballot hereSpecial provisions apply to anyone voting absentee who is living outside the United States, or is a member of the U.S. military serving outside her/his home precinct, as well as her/his spouse and dependents.

For most county, state, and federal elections, those wishing to vote absentee may request an absentee ballot starting 46 days prior to the election. Dakota County voters may obtain and/or return an absentee ballot in person during normal business hours at Dakota County's elections office in Hastings as well as other locations which vary by election, but typically include the Northern Service Center (West St. Paul) and the Western Service Center (Apple Valley). Dakota County voters living in specific municipalities also have the option to obtain and/or return an absentee ballot at their municipal office. Scott County voters may obtain and/or return an absentee ballot in person during normal business hours at Scott County's Public Works Building in Jordan. Scott County voters living in specific municipalities also have the option to obtain and/or return an absentee ballot at their municipal office. Voters may return completed absentee ballots in person up until 3 p.m. on election day. Dakota County has confirmed that absentee ballots delivered to the Northern Service Center or Western Service Center will be treated as received by its elections department at the time they are delivered to either service center. Under state law absentee voting must be available at each county's primary elections office, as well as other locations offering in-person absentee voting, during normal business hours on weekdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Saturday prior to election day, and until 5:00 p.m. the day before election day, unless that falls on a Saturday or Sunday. A voter typically may cancel a returned absentee ballot until the close of business 7 days prior to election day by contacting their county elections office (or municipal elections office, if that office received the ballot), if the voter wishes to obtain a new absentee ballot or vote in person on election day. However, for the 2020 general election, returned absentee ballots may not be canceled after October 20, 14 days prior to election day, because this year returned absentee ballots will start being processed at that time rather than waiting until 7 days prior to election day.

 

Another form of in-person absentee voting, sometimes referred to as early voting, in which ballots are deposited directly into a tabulator, is available during the 7 days prior to most elections. Early voting locations and hours are made available on Dakota County's website prior to each election. Scott County voters may access information about absentee voting here. A voter who lives in a nursing home, assisted living facility, residential treatment center, or battered women's shelter, is hospitalized, or is unable to go to the polling place due to an incapacitating health condition or disability, may request that someone pick up their absentee ballot for them and then return the completed absentee ballot. This process is known as agent delivery and more information about the process is available here.

In-person Absentee Voting Locations

Voters may obtain and/or return an absentee ballot at the following locations starting September 18 for the general election. In addition to the hours listed below, in-person absentee voting will be available until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, at all locations listed below.

 
 
 
 

Dakota County

County-wide Locations

 

Administration Center

1590 Highway 55

Hastings, MN 55033

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Western Service Center

14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

M,W,F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; T,Th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Northern Service Center

1 Mendota Rd W
West St Paul, MN 55118

M,T,Th,F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; W, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Municipal Locations (only for voters living in those cities)

 

Eagan City Hall

3830 Pilot Knob Rd

Eagan, MN 55122

M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Lakeville City Hall

20195 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville MN 55044

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Burnsville City Hall
100 Civic Center Pkwy
Burnsville, MN 55337

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Apple Valley Municipal Center

7100 147th St W

Apple Valley, MN 55124

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Inver Grove Heights City Hall

8150 Barbara Ave

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Rosemount City Hall
2875 145th St W
Rosemount, MN 55068

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Hastings City Hall
101 4th St E
Hastings, MN 55033

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Farmington City Hall

430 3rd St

Farmington, MN 55024

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

South St Paul City Hall

125 3rd Ave N
South St Paul, MN 55075

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Mendota Heights City Hall

1101 Victoria Curve

Mendota Heights, MN 55118

M-Th, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; F, 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Northfield City Hall
801 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Scott County

 

County-wide Location

 

Scott County Public Works

600 Country Trl E

Jordan, MN 55352

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Municipal Locations (only for voters living in those cities)

 

Shakopee City Hall
485 Gorman St
Shakopee, MN 55379
M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Savage City Hall
6000 McColl Dr
Savage, MN 55378

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Prior Lake City Hall
4646 Dakota St SE 
Prior Lake, MN 55372

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Jordan City Hall
210 1st St E 
Jordan, MN 55352

M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Candidate Forums

 

LWV of Dakota County Candidate Forums

Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 7

September 23, 2020

Video available here (YouTube) or watch replays on Spectrum channel 180 or Frontier's Vantage channel 191 or 192.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 3

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Watch on Comcast channels 859 (HD)/20 (SD), Eagan Television's Facebook page, website, or YouTube channel, or Roku devices via the community channel by searching for Eagan Television.

ISD 191 (Burnsville) School Board

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Watch on Comcast channels 859 (HD)/16 (SD), Burnsville Community Television's Facebook page or website, the City of Burnsville's YouTube channel, or on Roku devices using the free PEG.TV app by searching for Burnsville.

Other Candidate Forums

West St Paul Mayor and City Council

September 10, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

Mendota Heights Mayor and City Council

September 10, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

State House District 51A

September 14, 2020

Hosted by Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube).

State Senate District 56

September 14, 2020

Hosted by Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube) and here (Facebook).

Burnsville Mayor

September 14, 2020

Hosted by Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube) and here (Facebook).

ISD 194 (Lakeville) School Board

September 14, 2020

Hosted by Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube).

Lakeville City Council

September 14, 2020

Hosted by Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube).

State House Districts 56B, 57A, and 58A

September 15, 2020

Hosted by Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube).

State Senate Districts 56, 57, and 58

September 15, 2020

Hosted by Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (YouTube).

Hastings City Council Ward 2

September 15, 2020

Hosted by Hastings Community TV and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Video available here (YouTube) and here (Facebook).

State House District 54B

September 15, 2020

Hosted by Hastings Community TV and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Video available here (YouTube) and here (Facebook - video starts at -48:35).

State Senate District 54

September 15, 2020

Hosted by Hastings Community TV and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Video available here (YouTube) and here (Facebook - video starts at -22:12).

State Senate District 52 and State House Districts 52A and 52B

September 16, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

State Senate District 54 and State House District 54A

September 16, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

Inver Grove Heights Mayor and City Council

September 17, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

South St Paul Mayor and City Council

September 17, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 3

September 23, 2020

Hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Video available here (Facebook) and here (YouTube).

Dakota County Board of Commissioners Districts 3 and 4

September 23, 2020

Hosted by Town Square Television

Video available here (Facebook) and here.

State Senate Districts 58 and 20

September 26, 2020

Hosted by LWV Northfield-Cannon Falls

Video available here (YouTube).

State House Districts 58B and 20B

September 26, 2020

Hosted by LWV Northfield-Cannon Falls

Video available here (YouTube).

State Senate District 58

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

11:00 a.m. - noon

Hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or on your local television station produced by the Apple Valley, Farmington, Rosemount Cable Commission.

Farmington Mayor

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or on your local television station produced by the Apple Valley, Farmington, Rosemount Cable Commission.

West St. Paul City Council Ward 1

Thursday, October 1, 2020

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Hosted by Women of West St. Paul, West St. Paul Greenway Coalition, and the Residents of Color Collective

Watch on Zoom.

West St. Paul City Council Ward 2

Thursday, October 1, 2020

7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Hosted by Women of West St. Paul, West St. Paul Greenway Coalition, and the Residents of Color Collective

Watch on Zoom.

United States Senate

Friday, October 2, 2020

11:00 a.m. - noon

Hosted by Minnesota Public Radio News

Listen on the MPR News website, on Facebook, or via radio.

West St. Paul Mayor

Friday, October 2, 2020

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Hosted by Women of West St. Paul, West St. Paul Greenway Coalition, and the Residents of Color Collective

Watch on Zoom.

West St. Paul City Council Ward 3

Friday, October 2, 2020

7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Hosted by Women of West St. Paul, West St. Paul Greenway Coalition, and the Residents of Color Collective

Watch on Zoom.

State House District 56A

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Savage Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Zoom or via Savage TV.

State Senate District 56

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Savage Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Zoom.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners District 7

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Hosted by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or watch replays on local cable access television stations.

State Senate District 57

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

10:55 - 11:15 a.m.

Hosted by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or watch replays on local cable access television stations.

State House District 57A

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Hosted by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or watch replays on local cable access television stations.

State House District 57B

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Hosted by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or watch replays on local cable access television stations.

Apple Valley City Council

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Watch on Facebook or watch replays on local cable access television stations.

Video of past candidate forums is available within our candidate forums archive.

Additional Resources

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