2016 Election Dates
In 2016, Minnesotans will vote for U.S. President, U.S. Representative, Minnesota State Senator and Minnesota State Representative.
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 8
- Absentee ballots are available starting Friday, September 23
- Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, October 18 (register online or register on Election Day)
Direct Balloting Available at City Hall November 1 - November 7
- All eligible voters can now vote in-person the week before any election and place their ballots directly into a ballot counter.
- Your vote will be counted immediately, but it won’t be reported until the polls close on Election Day, August 9.
- For the 2016 Minnesota State Primary, in-person absentee voting is available at City Hall August 2-8.
What are the benefits to voters?
- Vote at a convenient time
- Have confidence that a ballot is immediately counted
- Verify ballot was properly filled out and accepted by the counting machine
- Avoid hassle of placing absentee ballots into a series of envelopes
This change also helps election officials by providing:
- Faster results reporting on election night
- Increased savings in time and materials to administer the election
Prepare to Vote
Voting in elections is your opportunity to be heard, hold elected officials accountable, and have a say in important issues that affect your community. Prepare to vote so you can take part in our democracy.
Note that the Secretary of State’s Office has many voting materials and forms now available in ten languages -- Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer and Amharic. Here are some key links to these new materials:
- Voter Registration Forms
- Election Day Voter Registration Forms with Voucher Form
- Absentee Ballot Application
- Absentee Ballot Instructions
- Select Polling Place Posters
updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
In 2016, the polling place for Precinct 16 has been moved to St. Louis Park Middle School. All registered voters affected by this change were mailed a Postal Verification Card (PVC) by Hennepin County in early July. Driving directions and a map detailing all of St. Louis Park's precinct information are available using the links below...
updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016
In 2014, the state legislature authorized the use of electronic poll books. These devices are secure tablet computers that replace the current paper voter check-in process. Hennepin County plans to implement the use of these devices at polling places for 2016.
Benefits in the polling place:
- Streamlines and standardizes voter check-in process and improves traffic management inside the polling place
- Improves accuracy of check-in process
- Improves voter privacy
- Improves accuracy and efficiency of election day registration process
- Provides greater clarity and instructions for election judges
E-poll books will be used in St. Louis Park starting at the Primary Election in August.
updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
In 2016 Hennepin County will be responsible for the administration of all absentee ballots processed through the mail. The City of St. Louis Park will continue to administer in-person absentee voting services. Hennepin County will also carry out all aspects of preparing accepted absentee ballots for tabulation. This means that all absentee ballots...