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In the 2020 general election, Bloomington voters approved adopting Ranked Choice Voting to elect the Mayor and City Council members. The vote was 51.2% voting YES and 48.8% voting NO.

The City Council is expected to consider the necessary administrative rules for implementing Ranked Choice Voting in the first Quarter of 2021. Staff will provide voter education in advance of the November 2021 City Council election. This election will be the first time Ranked Choice Voting will be used in Bloomington.

More information will be available at blm.mn/vote as the 2021 election approaches.

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General info about voting

Voting return drop box

The drop box is located in the parking lot of Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The drop box is locked, secured and under 24 hour video surveillance.

The drop box will emptied for the final time at 8 a.m. on Election Day, November 3. After that time, voters may bring their ballot inside to the City Clerk's Office until 3 p.m.

Drop box

Please read the following before dropping off your completed absentee ballot:

  1. Only registered Bloomington voters may drop absentee ballots in the box.
    If you are not registered to vote with a home address in the City of Bloomington, do not place your ballot in this drop box. Please contact your city or county of residence for information on how to return your completed absentee ballot.
     
  2. You may only put your own completed absentee ballot in this drop box.
    You may not drop off any ballot for another person. If you wish to drop off another voter’s completed absentee ballot, you will have to come inside City Hall during regular business hours.
     
  3. Before placing your completed ballot in this drop box, make sure your signature envelope is properly completed and your envelope is sealed.
     
  4. Placing your completed absentee ballot in this drop box does not mean that your ballot has been accepted by the City of Bloomington.
    Ballots left in this drop box must be reviewed by the Absentee Ballot Board for compliance with all absentee ballot instructions and regulations. The Absentee Ballot Board may accept or reject your absentee ballot. If your ballot is rejected, you will be notified.
     
  5. Voters use this drop box at their own risk.
    If your absentee ballot is not properly completed, signed – and where necessary, witnessed – your ballot will be rejected.

The City of Bloomington has trained elections staff ready to receive your completed absentee ballot inside the building from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Absentee ballots brought to the designated location inside the building will be reviewed by elections staff. While you wait, elections staff will ensure all required steps have been taken so your absentee ballot can be accepted by the Absentee Ballot Board.

Absentee ballots, regular voters - Vote in person

Starting 46 days before an election, you may vote in person at:

Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington  MN  55431

In person voting hours are:

  • During regular business hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • During additional hours before Election Day:
    • October 31, 2020, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • November 2, 2020, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots - Military and overseas voters

If you are in the military or living overseas, see Hennepin County's link for military and overseas voter services.

Voting assistance

All polling sites are accessible. They can help you in several ways.

Ask the election judges for assistance:

  • To read or mark a ballot.
  • To obtain a magnifying device or a chair to use in the voting booth.
  • To vote at the curb.
  • To use an AutoMARK voter assistance terminal.

For more information, contact any of the following:

Become an Election Judge

Citizens are encouraged to serve as election judges as an opportunity to learn more about elections and to provide a great service to the community. Election judges are entitled to paid time off from their employer. The City of Bloomington pays its judges the following rates:

  • Students (ages 16 - 17) – $10 per hour
  • Regular election judges – $11.25 per hour
  • Assistant head judges – $12.50 per hour
  • Head judges – $13 per hour

There is no further need for election judges in 2020.

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FAQ

Is "early voting" the same as "absentee voting"?

Yes. If you wish to vote before Election Day, you may do so by casting an absentee ballot. 

What is "direct balloting"?

During the final seven days before an Election Day, absentee voters who vote in person are allowed to place their ballots through a tabulator instead of sealing them into an envelope for later processing.  This allows the voters to watch as their ballots are tabulated and to be made aware of any errors the tabulator may detect as the ballots are processed.

Am I registered to vote? 

To find out if you are registered to vote, use the Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup Service.

How do I register to vote?

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days on Election Day.
  • Maintain residence at the address on the voter registration application.

You must re-register if you have:

  • Moved to a different address (even if only the apartment number has changed).
  • Changed your name.
  • Have not voted once within the last four years.          

Pre-registration

In Minnesota, you can preregister up until 20 days before Election Day. If the election is within 20 days, you must register at your polling place on Election Day. Once you are registered, you will receive a postcard with your voting information, and your name will appear on the list of pre-registered voters at your polling place.

  • Complete an online Voter Registration Application at the Hennepin County Elections Web site; print, sign, and mail to Hennepin County Voter Registration Office at
    • C190 Government Center
      300 South 6th St.
      Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012; or
  • Register in person at the City of Bloomington or at Hennepin County; or
  • If English is not your first language,

Election Day registration

To register at the polling place on Election Day, you must have authorized proof of residence:

  • Valid Minnesota Driver's License, Learner's Permit or receipt of either with current address located in precinct.
  • Valid Minnesota I.D. or receipt with current address located in precinct.
  • A registered voter in the precinct who can vouch for you.
  • Registration in the same precinct indicating a previous name or address.
  • Mailed notice from the Registration Office indicating late registration.
  • A tribal I.D. with name, address, signature, and picture of the individual.

Voters may register with a combination of two documents: one photo ID and one current bill (see below for specifics).

  • The Photo ID must contain voter's current name and photo. It may contain the voter's old address or lack an address. Approved photo IDs:
    • MN Driver's License
    • MN State ID
    • MN post-secondary student ID
    • Tribal ID
    • U.S. Military ID
    • U.S. Passport
  • The current bill (delivered electronically or by mail) must show voter's current name and address in the precinct. The following bills are acceptable:

    • Utility bill, due within 30 days of the Election Day (electric, garbage, gas, Internet service, sewer, solid waste, telephone—land line, cell or VOIP, TV—cable or satellite, water)
    • Rent statement dated within 30 days of the Election Day that itemizes utilities
    • Current student fee statement

How does the AutoMARK terminal assist individuals with disabilities?

The voters receive the same optical scan paper ballot whether they will vote using a pen or the AutoMARK ballot marking device. The AutoMARK is a tool - an "electronic pen" - to assist the voter in marking the ballot. The AutoMARK has special features to assist voters with disabilities that make it difficult to mark an optical scan paper ballot (i.e. blind, poor eyesight, unable to hold a pen). When the voter inserts the ballot into the AutoMARK, an electronic version of the ballot appears on the screen. The screen provides options for reverse contrast, enlargement for easier reading, or for being turned off for privacy if a voter chooses to access the ballot by using earphones and keypad. The recorded audio description of the ballot can be used in place of or in conjunction with the visual version on the screen. The voter makes selections by the touch screen, the keypad, or alternative adaptive method.

The AutoMARK ballot marking device provides voters the opportunity to review and verify their selections. Upon the voter's direction, the AutoMARK marks the ovals on the optical scan ballot. The voter then inserts the ballot into the DS200 ballot counter used by all voters in the precinct. The voting process remains the same for voters who do not need the assistance of the AutoMARK for marking a ballot. Votes are tallied by the ballot counter to produce precinct results.

For further information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 952-563-8729 or find more information about AutoMARK on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

What hours are polling places open on Election Day? 

Polling sites are open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where can I download a sample ballot?

Where do I go to vote?