Voter Resources

Upcoming Elections

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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 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 or need to re-register, 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

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.

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 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).

A voter returning an absentee ballot by mail or via a drop box is required to obtain 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. Drop box locations for upcoming state/federal elections are available here. 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Saturday prior to election day, and until 5 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 seven days prior to election day by contacting their county elections office, or municipal elections office, if that office received the ballot, then the voter may obtain a new absentee ballot or vote in person on 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 seven 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 23 for the general election. Residents of the applicable county may vote absentee at one of the county-wide locations listed below, which have ballots for every precinct in the county. The municipal locations listed below only have ballots for residents of those cities, except that Jackson and Louisville Township residents may vote absentee at Shakopee City Hall. More information is available here for Dakota County residents and here for Scott County residents.

 
 
 
 

Dakota County

County-wide Locations 

 

Dakota County Administration Center

1590 Highway 55

Hastings, MN 55033

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Western Service Center

14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Northern Service Center

1 Mendota Rd W
West St Paul, MN 55118

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Municipal Locations (only for voters living in these cities)

 

Eagan City Hall

3830 Pilot Knob Rd

Eagan, MN 55122

M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lakeville City Hall

20195 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville MN 55044

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Burnsville City Hall
100 Civic Center Pkwy
Burnsville, MN 55337

Drop box available 24/7

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Apple Valley Municipal Center

7100 147th St W

Apple Valley, MN 55124

Drop box available 24/7

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Inver Grove Heights City Hall

8150 Barbara Ave

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

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

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Drop box available 24/7

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Farmington City Hall

430 3rd St

Farmington, MN 55024

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 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.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mendota Heights City Hall

1101 Victoria Curve

Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Drop box available 24/7

M-Th, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

F, 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Northfield City Hall
801 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

M-Th, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

F, 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 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.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Municipal Locations (only for voters living in these cities)

 

Shakopee City Hall (includes residents of Jackson and Louisville Township)
485 Gorman St S
Shakopee, MN 55379
M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Savage City Hall
6000 McColl Dr
Savage, MN 55378

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

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

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

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

M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Elko New Market City Hall

601 Main St

Elko New Market, MN 55054

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Credit River City Hall

18985 Meadow View Blvd

Credit River, MN 55372

T, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

New Prague City Hall

118 Central Ave N

New Prague, MN 56071

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Belle Plaine City Hall

218 N Meridian St

Belle Plaine, MN 56011

M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 
 

2022 Candidate Forums

 

LWV of Dakota County Candidate Forums

Dakota County Attorney (primary candidates)

June 22, 2022

Video is available here courtesy of Eagan Television.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners Districts 2 & 3

August 31, 2022

Video is available here courtesy of Eagan Television.

Dakota County Board of Commissioners Districts 4 & 6

September 7, 2022

Video is available here courtesy of the City of Rosemount.

ISD 194 (Lakeville Area) School Board

September 14, 2022

Video is available here courtesy of ISD 194.

Dakota County Attorney

September 19, 2022

Video is available here courtesy of Eagan Television.

ISD 192 (Farmington Area) School Board

September 28, 2022

Video will be available soon after the forum and will be broadcast by the Apple Valley, Farmington, Rosemount Cable Commission.

SSD 6 (South St. Paul) School Board

September 29 & October 1, 2022

Video will be available soon after the forum.

ISD 719 (Prior Lake-Savage Area) School Board

October 12, 2022

Video will be available soon after the forum.

LWV of Woodbury, Cottage Grove Area Candidate Forums

 

State Senate District 41 & House Districts 41A & 41B

September 13, 2022

Video is available here.

State Senate District 53 & House District 53B

September 21, 2022

Video is available here.

LWV of Northfield and Cannon Falls Candidate Forums

Questions may be submitted for each LWV of Northfield and Cannon Falls candidate forum by September 26 via email to contactus@lwvnorthfieldmn.org. Each forum will be recorded for later viewing.

 

State Senate District 58

October 1, 2022

9 - 10 a.m.

Northfield City Hall

801 Washington St. in Northfield

State House Districts 58A & 58B

October 1, 2022

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Northfield City Hall

801 Washington St. in Northfield

Northfield City Council

October 1, 2022

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Northfield City Hall

801 Washington St. in Northfield

ISD 659 (Northfield) School Board

October 1, 2022

1 - 2 p.m.

Northfield City Hall

801 Washington St. in Northfield

Town Square Television Candidate Forums

Questions may be submitted for each Town Square TV candidate forum using this form and video will be available here and here (Facebook).

Inver Grove Heights Mayor & City Council

September 15, 2022

Video is available here and here (Facebook) and will be replayed on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859.

South St. Paul City Council

September 15, 2022

Video is available here and here (Facebook) and will be replayed on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859.

Dakota County Commissioner Districts 2, 3, & 4

September 21, 2022

Video is available here and here (Facebook) and will be replayed on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859.

West St. Paul Mayor & City Council

September 22, 2022

Video is available here and here (Facebook) and will be replayed on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859.

Mendota Heights Mayor & City Council

September 22, 2022

Video is available here and here (Facebook) and will be replayed on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859.

State Senate District 52 & House District 52B

September 28, 2022

5:15 p.m.

Watch via Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859, Town Square TV's website, or Facebook.

State Senate District 53 & House Districts 53A & 53B

September 28, 2022

6:30 p.m.

Watch via Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859, Town Square TV's website, or Facebook.

State Senate District 65 & House District 65B

September 28, 2022

8 p.m.

Watch via Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859, Town Square TV's website, or Facebook.

Sunfish Lake Mayor & City Council

September 29, 2022

6 p.m.

Watch via Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859, Town Square TV's website, or Facebook.

Lilydale Mayor & City Council

September 29, 2022

6 p.m.

Watch via Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859, Town Square TV's website, or Facebook.

Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forums

 

ISD 194 (Lakeville Area) School Board

October 5, 2022

5-6:30 p.m.

Lakeville City Hall

Watch via Charter channel 180 or the City of Lakeville's YouTube channel

Lakeville City Council

October 5, 2022

7-8:30 p.m.

Lakeville City Hall

Watch via Charter channel 180 or the City of Lakeville's YouTube channel

Senate District 57 & House Districts 57A & 57B

October 12, 2022

5-6:30 p.m.

Lakeville City Hall

Watch via Charter channel 180 or the City of Lakeville's YouTube channel

Other Candidate Forums

Hastings City Council

July 26, 2022

Video is available here.

Hosted by Hastings Progressives

Savage City Council

October 11, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Savage City Hall

Hosted by the Savage Chamber of Commerce

Second Congressional District

October 13, 2022

8:45-10 a.m.

Dakota County Technical College (Dakota Room)

Hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce

State Senate District 65

October 18, 2022

7-8:30 p.m.

SPNN

Hosted by LWV of St. Paul

West St. Paul City Council/Dakota County Commissioner District 2

October 19, 2022

5:30 p.m.

Dunham's Bar & Restaurant (Upstairs)

173 Lothenbach Avenue, West St. Paul

Hosted by the Optimist Club of West St. Paul

If we missed any forums that will include candidates seeking office within Dakota County please contact us using this form.

 

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