Learn

know what's on the ballot

What offices are up for election in 2017 for Minneapolis voters?

Mayor
Council Member - Wards 1 through 13
Board of Estimate & Taxation - elect 2
Park & Recreation Board At Large - elect 3
Park & Recreation Board - Districts 1 through 6

How can I learn more about the candidates running for an office?

There are many resources available to learn more about specific candidates who may appear on your ballot. When you download your sample ballot through the Office of Secretary of State (available in mid-September), you can also access a list of all the candidates appearing on your ballot along with links to their campaign websites, if that information was provided when the candidate filed for office. Visiting these websites can help you learn more about each candidate, including their positions on issues that may be important to you.

Another excellent source of information about different candidates and their views and positions can be different media sources. Local publications and news sites often compile candidate profiles, in addition to writing stories about different races and aspects of the election and candidates. Social media sites also sometimes provide this sort of information. Look for sites by or about candidates or campaigns you are interested in learning more about, as well as those from political parties, and different organizations that may work on issues and topics that are important to you.

What else will be on my ballot in Minneapolis?

It is possible there may be Charter amendment questions on the ballot. There is a process and timeline any potential charter amendments must follow in order to be placed on the ballot.

Understand the voting process

What should I expect when I go to vote?

When you vote in Minneapolis, you receive a paper ballot to mark your choices by filling in the oval next to each of your selections. In municipal elections, like on Nov. 7, 2017, all candidates are elected using ranked-choice voting. As a voter, you still use a paper ballot to mark your selections. There will be three columns on your ballot. In each office, complete your ballot from left to right, indicating your first choice for each race in the first column, and so on for second and third choices. It is your choice as the voter if you want to rank more than one candidate in each office. Once your ballot is complete, it is inserted into a ballot tabulator for counting.

What are my rights as a voter?

Voters in Minnesota have many rights, including to:
  • Take time off work to vote without losing pay and without taking personal leave or vacation time.
  • Vote if you are in line on Election Day by 8 p.m.
  • Register on Election Day if you can provide the required proof of residence.
  • Sign in to vote by orally confirming who you are and asking another person to sign for you if you cannot sign your name. 
  • Ask for help, including from anyone you choose to bring with you to the polls to assist you, except for an agent of your employer or union, or a candidate.
  • Bring your children with you when you vote.
  • Vote after serving all parts of a felony conviction.
  • Vote if you are under a guardianship unless a judge has specifically revoked your right to vote.
  • Get a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it.
  • File a complaint if you are unhappy with the way an election is being run.
  • Bring a sample ballot with you into the voting booth.
  • Bring a copy of the voter's bill of rights with you into the polling place. 

Make a voting plan

Deciding when and how you will vote can help ensure you get out to vote.

You have three choices to cast your ballot: by mail, early in-person at a designated location in Minneapolis, or on Election Day at your assigned polling place. Think about which option will work best for you and make a plan to vote now. This will ensure you have plenty of time to request a mail ballot, or to make any necessary arrangements to get to an Early Vote Center or your polling place at a time that will work for you.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.