Elections & Voting

Elections & Voting

IMPORTANT DATES
2020 Presidential Nomination Primary Election: March 3, 2020
2020 Primary Election: August 11, 2020
2020 General Election: November 3, 2020

NEW CHANGE IN ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESSING
Late Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overruled the State of Minnesota's approved consent decree extending the deadline for submitting absentee and mail ballots. The consent decree had changed the deadline from requiring absentee and mail ballots to be received by Election Day to being postmarked on or before election day and received within the next seven days. The decision is available here.

The Court of Appeals ruling means absentee and mail ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. The deadline to drop it off in person is 3 p.m.; the deadline for mail or delivery service is 8 p.m. Elections administrators still have an extra day (two instead of one) to process the ballots under the law passed by the state legislature. Absentee and mail ballots received after Election Day should be segregated and held until additional instructions are provided by the Secretary of State's office.

Next Steps for Voters

Voters should no longer place their absentee ballot in the mail. Instead, voters have several options to ensure their vote is counted in the November general election:

  • Voters who have already put their ballot in the mail can track their ballot at http://www.mnvotes.org/track. If their ballot has not yet been received the voter can vote in-person either by absentee or at their polling place on Election Day.
  • Voters can deliver their ballots to their county election office by hand (or have someone they trust hand-deliver it for them).
  • Voters can cast their vote in person with an absentee ballot at their local election office up until November 2, 2020.
  • Voters can cast their votes in person on Election Day, November 3. Use our Pollfinder Tool to find out where to vote.

MINNESOTANS ARE URGED TO REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Due to COVID-19, Secretary of State Steve Simon is calling on eligible Minnesota voters to apply for their absentee ballots using the Online Absentee Ballot Application. This will allow registered voters to request their ballot be sent to them by mail for the August Primary and November General Elections.

Become an Election Judge
Serve your community and promote the democratic process!

Election judges staff local polling places during the primary and general elections. You can earn money, meet your neighbors, and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner.
For information on becoming an Election Judge, contact Deb at City Hall: 235-4913


Voters

Polling Places
The City of Willmar has 12 polling locations within the 4 city wards. You must vote in the precinct where you legally reside. A Ward Map and Polling Place Map helps citizens locate the ward in which they live.

Know where to vote
You can also locate your precinct and polling location by using the MN Secretary of State's precinct finder.

Register to vote
You must be registered in order to vote. 

View Sample Ballot
Visit mnvotes.org to view a sample ballot, search for candidate filings, and more. The sample ballot shows a list of the candidates and ballot questions you'll be voting on. Information is posted about 45 days before an election. A sample ballot is not available for all local elections. You may need to contact the local government (city, town, or school district) holding the election.   


Candidates

NOTICE OF FILING
VIEW CURRENT CANDIDATES 

Election and campaign rules
Any eligible person may become a candidate by filing an Affidavit of Candidacy form with the City Clerk at the City Offices Building located at 333 SW 6th Street in Willmar. A fee of five ($5.00) dollars is to be paid at the time of filing. Due to COVID-19, the City asks that you complete the online form, print it, have notarized it, include a check for $5.00, and place it in our "After Hours Drop Box" located on the Southside of the City Office Building or mail it to the above address. Download the Municipal Election and Campaign Manual for more information. 

Political Signs
Per State Statute, political signs can be any size or number.  Be sure to place signs on private property (yards) and not in the public right-of-way (boulevards). Generally, public right-of-way begins at the street and extends a few feet beyond the sidewalk.  If signs are placed on a corner lot, be sure not to place them so they obscure vision. All signs may be posted 46 days before the State Primary in a State General Election year and should be removed no later than 10 days following the State General Election.