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Voting in elections is your opportunity to be heard, hold elected officials accountable, and have a say in important issues that affect your community. Prepare to vote so you can take part in our democracy.

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2021 election calendar

Key dates 

February 9 

  • Possible special election date – no elections currently scheduled

April 13

  • Special primary day — Brooklyn Park special primary for Mayor, term ending 1/2/2023

May 11

  • Possible special election date – no elections currently scheduled

July 27

  • Candidate filing period opens

August 10

  • Candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m.
  • Special election day — Brooklyn Park special election for Mayor, term ending 1/2/2023

August 12

  • Candidate withdrawal deadline at 5 p.m. for late filing period

September 17

  • Absentee voting begins for general election
  • General election absentee ballots begin being mailed to voters who have requested a ballot

October 12

  • Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for general election

October 30

  • Extended hours for absentee voting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

November 1

  • In-person absentee voting for general election closes at 5 p.m.

November 2

  • General election day, polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Possible future special election dates

County, city and school special elections

Must be held on one of the following dates:

  • Second Tuesday in February (February 8, 2022)
  • Second Tuesday in April (April 12, 2022)
  • Second Tuesday in May (May 10, 2022)
  • Second Tuesday in August (August 9, 2022)
  • First Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 8, 2022)

Federal and state special elections

May be held at other times.

Offices on the 2021 ballot

This list of offices is subject to change. (Last updated 1/8/2021)

Special primary, April 13, 2021

Brooklyn Park – Mayor, term ending 1/2/2023

Special election, August 10, 2021

Brooklyn Park – Mayor, term ending 1/2/2023

General election – November 2, 2021

City offices

  • Bloomington – Council Member at Large, Council Member Districts III and IV (RCV)
  • Golden Valley – 2 Council Members
  • Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Independence – 2 Council Members
  • Minneapolis – Mayor, Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2 Board of Estimate and Taxation Commissioners, 3 Park Board Commissioners at Large and Park Board Commission Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (RCV)
  • Minnetonka – Mayor, Council Member at Large Seat B (RCV)
  • St Anthony – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St Louis Park – Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 (RCV)

School district offices

  • ISD 11 Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member Districts 3 and 5 
  • ISD 110 Waconia – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 270 Hopkins – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 271 Bloomington – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 273 Edina – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 276 Minnetonka – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 277 Westonka – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 278 Orono – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 280 Richfield – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 282 St Anthony – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 283 St Louis Park – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 284 Wayzata – 3 School Board Members

Voter registration

Check your registration status

You will need to enter your name, birth date, and address.

Register to vote

Frequently asked questions

Why did I receive a pre-filled voter registration application?

Several organizations send out mailings to increase voter participation. Mailings can include information regarding voter registration status, along with pre-filled absentee ballot and voter registration applications. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of data used by these organizations. Please check your voter registration status or contact our office with questions at HC.Vote@hennepin.us or 612-348-5151.

Am I eligible to vote?

See the Minnesota Secretary of State’s site for details.

When do I need to update my voter registration?

If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to register again unless you have moved to a different address, moved to a new apartment or condo, changed your name, or not voted at least once within the last four years. Voters are encouraged to register before Election Day. Registration temporarily closes 20 days before the election, and opens again on Election Day for voters who register at their polling place.

Are voter registration applications available in multiple languages?

Yes. See the Minnesota Secretary of State’s site for details.

Can I register to vote with my post office or mail center box address?

No. By law, you may only vote in the precinct where you live or reside. When you fill out your registration application, you must provide the address of your residence. In general, your residence is where:

  • Your home is
  • You usually sleep
  • You intend to return after you've been temporarily away
  • You live with your family, if you have one

What happens to my voter registration if I change my address with the U.S. Postal Service?

If you move and submit a permanent forwarding order to the U.S. Postal Service, your voter registration may be automatically updated to your new address for you. You will receive a postcard with your new address and new voting location. When you receive this card, please verify the residential address is correct. If the information is not correct, please follow the instructions on the post card.

What do I need to know if I am conducting a voter registration drive?

First, make sure the voters are completing the registration applications correctly. The voter must:

  • Answer "Yes" to the first two questions at the top of the form – “Are you a U.S. citizen?” and “Will you be at least 18 on or before the next election?” Do not fill out the questions yourself unless the voter requests assistance.
  • Provide a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID card number if the voter has one. Otherwise, voter must provide the last four digits of their Social Security number. If the voter has neither, the voter must check the box for “I do not have a Minnesota-issued driver’s license, a MN-issued ID card, or a Social Security number.”
  • Include voter's name, address, date of birth, and signature on the form.

Second, make sure to return all the completed voter registration applications on time. Minnesota law requires you to submit the completed applications within 10 days after they are dated by the voters. Return them to our office in the Hennepin County Government Center, any county service center, any city hall in Hennepin County, or the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. If you mail the applications, please include a copy of your business card. If a voter chooses to take an application and mail it in later, please have the voter phone our office at 612-348-5151 for more details. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s site has voter outreach and education materials available to download and print or to order.

Caucus information

Precinct caucuses are the first step used by Minnesota’s major political parties to select the candidates and issues they will support in the upcoming elections. Anyone who lives in the precinct and is eligible to vote or will be eligible to vote by the state general election may attend. Participants must support or intend to support the party and may only participate in one party’s caucus.  Minnesota has four major parties.

The purpose of precinct caucuses is to elect local party officers and delegates to the party conventions and to discuss resolutions. Precinct caucuses may also be used by the major political parties as opportunities to conduct preference polls and to help recruit election judges.

More information including caucus dates and locations can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's Precinct caucuses page.

Election day in the polling place

Hennepin County polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on primary and election days.

COVID-19 response

All election judges and voters must wear a mask or face covering and stay 6 feet away from others in polling places. Do not enter a polling place if you are sick. Read the Governor’s executive Order 20-81

Voters must:

  • Stay 6 feet away from other voters and election judges
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after dealing with election judges or touching any voting equipment

Elections judges must:

  • Practice physical distancing and stay 6 feet away from each other and voters
  • Frequently wash and sanitize their hands, following CDC hand-washing guidelines
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces that election judges and voters touch, using CDC and EPA approved disinfectant

Find your polling place

Use the Minnesota Secretary of State's polling place finder. After entering your address, the finder will tell you if you have an upcoming election, where to vote and show a sample ballot for your precinct.

In the even-numbered years all polling places are open. Not all cities and school districts hold elections in the odd-numbered years.

Election day voter registration

In Minnesota, you can register or update your registration at your polling place on Election Day. Find out what you’ll need to bring with you.

Tips for new voters

Never voted before? Learn what will happen when you show up for your first vote!

Assistance and accessibility

Learn different ways to get help during the voting process, as well as rules for polling place accessibility.

Learn more

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