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Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

2015 Important Events Calendar

January 2015 Dates
Governor-Elect, Mark Dayton - Democrat, Inauguration DateJanuary 5, 2015 -
Special election: Special elections are used to fill vacant offices or decide ballot questions; they can be scheduled at various times during the year. January 6, 2015
August 2015 Dates
Primary Election DayAugust 11, 2015
September 2015 Dates
Duluth Citywide Primary. Duluth School District 709 PrimarySeptember 15, 2015
November 2015 Dates
Shakopee Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Brad Tabke - Population(37,076)
November 3, 2015
Duluth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Don Ness - Population(86,265)
Mayor Ness will not seek another term.
November 3, 2015
In addition to any regularly scheduled municipal or school district general elections, special elections will also be held in some school districts and state districts as well.November 3, 2015
St. Louis Park Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jeffrey W. Jacobs - Population(45,250)
November 3, 2015
Bloomington Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Gene Winstead - Population(82,893)
November 3, 2015

2016 Important Events Calendar

March 2016 Dates
Democratic caucus March 1, 2016
June 2016 Dates
Absentee ballots are available starting FridayJune 24, 2016 -
July 2016 Dates
Pre-registration deadline is TuesdayJuly 19, 2016 -
August 2016 Dates
Primary Election DayAugust 9, 2016
September 2016 Dates
Absentee ballots are available starting FridaySeptember 23, 2016 -
October 2016 Dates
Pre-registration deadline is TuesdayOctober 18, 2016 -
November 2016 Dates
General ElectionNovember 8, 2016


If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us to find out important voting information for your precinct. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Minnesota: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For state elections, most polling places open at 7:00 a.m.; a few polling places in small townships located outside the eleven-county metropolitan area may open as late as 10:00 a.m. All polling places close at 8:00 p.m.

Can I get time off from work to vote?

  • Yes. Minnesota voters may take time off from their jobs for the purpose of voting without penalties or reductions in their pay, personal leave, or vacation time. This is allowed on the day of a state election for the time necessary to appear at the polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.

If I did not pre-register, can I vote on election day?

  • Minnesota voters may register to vote on Election Day. To register at your polling location, you must provide proof of residence, complete a voter registration application, and sign an oath stating that you are eligible to vote in the precinct.

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