Today, Friday September 22, is the first day Minnesotans can start voting early for the November 2023 election. This November it is all about local elections as there are no statewide or federal races on the ballot.
This will also be the first election where those on parole or probation can also vote, as long as they are not in a correctional facility. If one has a felony conviction, they can vote while on work release, home monitoring or probation or parole.
In Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, there are no city council elections, but voters in those two cities will be voting in school board elections.
All 13 Minneapolis City Council seats are on the ballot as is the case in St. Paul for all its seven wards. In Minneapolis, first term Ward 2 Councilwoman Robin Wonsley is running unopposed.
The candidate filing period for municipal and school district races closed on August 15 most cities unless a primary was required in which case it would have been May 30.
In St. Louis Park, the city has a chance in electing Minnesota’s first Somali mayor should they elect Nadia Mohamed as their new mayor. She has one challenger for the open seat.
In Bloomington, businessman Isaak Roble is seeking to represent District 4 on the City Council and could become the first Somali to do so should he prevail in November.
Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park are in Hennepin County and all three use Ranked Choice Voting. Ranked voting in Minnesota is only allowed for municipal elections and it eliminates the need for primaries.
Where to vote early
Before Election Day you can vote early at your city hall, or other community accessible locations your county might make available.
Go to the links below for Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties for information on how and where you can vote early.
- Anoka County Early Voting
- Dakota County Early Voting
- Hennepin County Early Voting
- Ramsey County Early Voting
- Washington County Early Voting
Also visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website on information on how to register to vote, or to check or update your registration.