Elections

Upcoming Elections in 2020

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 11th and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd.  All polling places will be open from 7am to 8pm.  Absentee balloting will be available prior to each election at the Administration Office or by requesting an absentee balloting from the Secretary of State’s Website at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/.      

Voting Information

National, state, and country primaries are held in August of even-numbered years. The mayor and city council positions are voted on at the general election which is held in November in even-numbered years.

The positions on the City Council that will be voted on at the 2020 general election will be for Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, At-Large and Mayor. City positions are non-partisan so they are only on the general election ballot.

Information for Election Day

Polls open on election day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. To determine which ward to vote in please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s site. The polling places are as follows:

Ward 1 - Senior Center at 538 Rhinehart Drive SE
Ward 2 - City Hall Training Room located on the 1st floor at 600 Demers Avenue NW
Ward 3 - Civic Center Lobby Area located at 300 15th St NE  This was recently changed (May 26, 2020) from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Ward 4 - City Hall Council Chambers located on the 2nd floor at 600 Demers Avenue NW  This was recently changed (May 26, 2020) from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Ward 5 - Nash Park Warming House at 915 22nd St NW  This was recently changed (May 5, 2020) from Good Samaritan Heritage Grove to the warming house at Nash Park.

View the Ward Map (PDF).

Please contact the Administration Office with questions at 218-773-2483.

Voting Registration

New residents or residents who have not voted in the last four years have a few options to get registered for voting.

Option 1 - Online Registration - Register online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. This information is sent to Polk County and your name will be added to the roster for election day as long as you register a minimum of 21 days prior to election day.

Option 2 - Paper Registration - The Administration Office in City Hall has voter registration forms that can be filled out and mailed to the County. This form also needs to be received by the County a minimum of 21 days before election day to be included on the roster.

Option 3 - Election Day Registration - Residents have the ability to register to vote on the day of the election. See the list of items that could be used as proof of residence to register on election day.

Absentee Voting Information There are also three options for voting absentee for an election. Absentee ballots will be available for the Presidential Primary, the Primary, and the General Election in 2020.  Dates will be posted when absentee ballots will be available for all three elections in 2020.

Option 1 - Apply online - Fill out the online application to receive an absentee ballot. Once the application is received by Polk County they will be mailing out the absentee ballot.

Option 2 - Apply in person - Residents can stop at the East Grand Forks City Hall at the Administration Office on the 2nd Floor in the West Wing to complete first an application and then receive the ballot which can be turned in at the counter or mailed in to Polk County.

Option 3 - Apply over the phone - Residents can call the Polk County Government Center at 218-281-2554. First they will mail out the application and once they receive the application back they will mail out the ballot when available for the election.