Special Election – Council Ward 6 Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is there a vacancy in Ward 6?

Former Ward 6 Council Member Abdi Warsame submitted his letter of resignation on March 30. The City Council declared a vacancy in Ward 6 on April 3 and set August 11, 2020 as the date for a special election to fill the unexpired term.

Who is eligible to vote in the Ward 6 Special Election?

All registered voters who live in Ward 6 can vote in the Special Election.

Will the Special Election for Ward 6 use Ranked-Choice Voting?

Yes. Just like in all municipal elections, the Special Election will use Ranked-Choice Voting and provide voters with the opportunity to rank up to three candidates.

What will the ballot look like for voters in Ward 6?

The Special Election for Ward 6 race will appear on the back of the State Primary ballot. The Special Ward 6 race will have the first, second, and third rankings stacked top to bottom, which is a slightly different orientation than in other Municipal Ranked Choice Voting elections (vertical instead of horizontal). For more details, see an explanation of how RCV will work for the Special Election.

How long will the person elected in the Special Election serve?

The person elected will complete the unexpired portion of the Ward 6 Council term, which ends on January 3, 2022. The next regularly scheduled election for Ward 6 Council (and all City Council wards) will be November 2, 2021.

Who is eligible to file for office?

A candidate must:

  • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • Have not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election.
  • Be 21 years of age or more (or will be on assuming office).
  • Have maintained residence in the district from which the candidate seeks election for at least 30 days before the general election.
  • If a major political party candidate, have either participated in the party's most recent precinct caucuses or intend to vote for a majority of that party's candidates at the next general election. 

How do you file a campaign to run for Ward 6?

Candidates may file for office at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services beginning on Tuesday, May 19, through Tuesday, June 2. Candidates must also register and file an initial report with Hennepin County within 14 days of spending or raising $100, and meet deadlines with the county.  See the candidate filing page for more information.

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