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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Minnesota.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 General Election November 7 -- Date: November 7,2017

September 22, 2017 Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins :Vote by mail or in person
November 6, 2017 Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends :Vote by mail or in person

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 Primary Election Agust 14 -- Date: August 14,2018

June 29, 2018 :Vote by mail or in person
August 13, 2018 :Vote by mail or in person

2018 General Election November 6 -- Date: November 6,2018


Good To Know


Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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