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Voting information

Voting is an important right and responsibility for qualified U.S. citizens (see voter requirements below). Voting gives you a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will make decisions on issues that are important to you.

Here’s how you can make a difference in the election process:

  • Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by exercising your right to vote.
  • Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote.
  • Learn what’s going on in your country and community.
  • Contact public officials about issues that are important to you.

2015 Elections

The 2015 elections will feature city offices and school board members. There will NOT be any regularly scheduled state or federal offices on the ballot this year.

City offices up for election

  • Mayor
  • Council member District 1
  • Council member District 2
  • Council member At –large

School district offices

  • Three (3) Bloomington School District 271 School Board Directors

*To file for a council member seat, you must legally reside within the boundaries of the City District you intend to represent for the Council District offices. You must be a resident of the City of Bloomington by November 3 for all offices. Please provide supporting documentation to the City Clerk.

2015 Key Dates  
May 19 – June 2  Filing for City offices
June 4     Withdraw from filing
August 11    City Primary (necessary if more than two candidates file for the same office)
November 3  General Election (City & School District)

Precinct Caucuses

There are no precinct caucuses in 2015. Some political parties may choose to hold meetings similar to precinct caucuses to endorse candidates for local offices. Contact the political party of your choosing for more information.

General info about voting

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) – $9 per hour
  • Regular election judges – $10.25 per hour
  • Assistant head judges – $11.25 per hour
  • Head judges – $12 per hour

To learn more, click the following links or contact the Elections Office at 952-563-8729.

Political divisions and maps

Absentee ballots

Regular voters

Absentee applications are available as a PDF download from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Military and overseas voters

If you are in the military or living overseas, see the Secretary of State's link for military and overseas voter services.

In person absentee voting hours are:

  • During regular hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • During extended hours before Election Day:
    • Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Monday before Election Day, until 5 p.m.

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 assist terminal.

For more information, contact any of the following:

FAQ

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


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 pre-register at least 20 days before Election Day. After the 20-day deadline, 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.

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 from Column 1 and one current bill from Column 2, listed below.
Column 1 Column 2

Approved photo IDs must contain voter's current name and photo. It may contain voter's old address or have no address.

  • MN Driver's License
  • MN State ID
  • MN post-secondary student ID
  • Tribal ID
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

Bills (delivered electronically or by mail) must show voter's current name and address in the precinct. These types of bills are acceptable:

  1. Utility bill (due within 30 days of the Election Day)
    • Electric
    • Garbage
    • Gas
    • Internet service
    • Sewer
    • Solid waste
    • Telephone (land line, cell, VOIP)
    • TV (cable or satellite)
    • Water
  2. Rent statement dated within 30 days of the Election Day that itemizes utilities
  3. Current student fee statement


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.

Want to learn more? For further information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 952-563-8729 or find moreinformation about AutoMARK on the Minnesota Secretary of State's Web site.

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

mnvotes.org

Voters may visit mnvotes.org to find helpful online voter tools and resources including:

  • absentee ballot look-up
  • absentee ballot applications
  • online voter registration application
  • polling place finder
  • precinct caucus finder
  • voter registration status look-up
  • sample ballot viewer

Citizens!:

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For more information, contact

City Clerk's Office staff

952-563-8729
voting@BloomingtonMN.gov