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Offices on the ballot

Offices on the 2021 Minneapolis ballot include:

  • Mayor
  • City Council *
  • Board of Estimate and Taxation (two at-large seats)
  • Minneapolis Park Board
    1. District seats (one seat for each of six districts)
    2. At-Large (three seats)

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* Due to the timing of State and City redistricting, Council Members elected in 2021 will have a 2-year term. There will be an election in 2023 for another 2-year City Council term. No other city offices will be on the ballot in 2023. City Council terms will return to a normal 4-year cycle with the 2025 Municipal Election.

Questions on the ballot

There will be three questions on the 2021 Minneapolis ballot that propose amendments to the City Charter.

City Question 1

Government Structure: Executive Mayor-Legislative Council

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to adopt a change in its form of government to an Executive Mayor-Legislative Council structure to shift certain powers to the Mayor, consolidating administrative authority over all operating departments under the Mayor, and eliminating the Executive Committee?

YES ______

NO  ______

City Question 2

Department of Public Safety

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the Police Department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that employs a comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions by the Department of Public Safety, with those specific functions to be determined by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance; which will not be subject to exclusive mayoral power over its establishment, maintenance, and command; and which could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety, with the general nature of the amendments being briefly indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot? 

YES ______

NO  ______

Explanatory Note:

This amendment would create a Department of Public Safety combining public safety functions through a comprehensive public health approach to be determined by the Mayor and Council. The department would be led by a Commissioner nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the Council. The Police Department, and its chief, would be removed from the City Charter. The Public Safety Department could include police officers, but the minimum funding requirement would be eliminated.

City Question 3

Authorizing City Council To Enact Rent Control Ordinance

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to authorize the City Council to regulate rents on private residential property in the City of Minneapolis, with the general nature of the amendments being indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot?

YES ______

NO  ______

Explanatory Note:

This amendment would:

  1. Authorize the City Council to regulate rents on private residential property in the City of Minneapolis by ordinance.
  2. Provide that an ordinance regulating rents on private residential property could be enacted in two different and independent ways:
        a. The City Council may enact the ordinance.
        b. The City Council may refer the ordinance as a ballot question to be decided by the voters for approval at an election. If more than half of the votes cast on the ballot question are in favor of its adoption, the ordinance would take effect 30 days after the election, or at such other time as provided in the ordinance.

See the changes that will be made to the City Charter if these questions pass

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