What's on the ballot?

SAMPLE PRACTICE BALLOTs now available for the primary

Download your sample practice ballot based on your home address. The ballot at each of the 132 voting precincts in the City of Minneapolis is different, with races differing based on address, and with a different order for candidates appearing on the ballot in many offices.

A sample ballot, or practice ballot, lists all the candidates running for office and any ballot questions, just as the ballot for the voter's precinct will appear when they go to vote. A sample ballot is an excellent resource for preparing to vote. You can bring your sample ballot with you as a reference when you go to vote at either the Early Vote Center or at your polling place on Election Day.

Offices on the ballot for the August Primary

A primary election determines which candidates for a particular office will be on the ballot in the November General Election. There will be two kinds of offices on your primary ballot in Minneapolis in 2016: partisan offices and nonpartisan offices.

In partisan offices, candidates file as part of a political party to appear on the ballot. All state and federal offices are partisan offices. When more than one candidate files for a single party in a partisan office, that office will be included in the primary election to determine which one candidate will be on the ballot for the party in November. Minnesota has two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Partisan candidates for offices in the primary will be listed in two columns on the front side of the primary ballot. One column will list the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates. The other column will list the Republican Party candidates. You can only vote for candidates from one political party in the primary.

In nonpartisan offices, candidates do not run as part of a political party. Nonpartisan offices will be listed on the back side of the primary ballot. You can vote for any candidate. The candidates who get the most votes will be on the November general election ballot.

Partisan offices

  • United States Representative (District 5)
  • Minnesota State Senator (Districts 59 and 62)
  • Minnesota State Representative (Districts 59A and 60B)

Nonpartisan office

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 6)

Offices on the ballot for the November general election

  • United States President and Vice President
  • United States Representative (District 5) 
  • Minnesota State Senator (all districts)
  • Minnesota State Representative (all districts)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 6)
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge (Seats 5, 8, 11 ,13 14, 16 17, 18, 19)
  • Fourth District Court Judge (Seats 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 45, 52, 60)
  • School Board (Districts 2, 4, and 6 + 1 At-Large seat)

Constitutional Amendment

There will be one proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in Minnesota for the General Election.

Ballot language and instructions:

Failure to vote on a constitutional amendment will have the same effect as voting no on the amendment.

To vote for a proposed constitutional amendment, fill in the oval next to the word "Yes" on that question. To vote against a proposed constitutional amendment, fill in the oval next to the word "No" on that question.

Remove Lawmakers' Power to Set Their Own Pay

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers' power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers?



More information about this proposed constitutional amendment, including its full text, is available on the Secretary of State's website.

City Charter Amendments

The ballot may also include City Charter amendment questions. In order for a Charter amendment question to be placed on the ballot for the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016, it must be submitted between May 8 and July 12, 2016.
Find out more about the Charter amendment process.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.