Elections & Voting



For Election related questions, please contact Katie Bruno, City Clerk

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Primary Election Results

To keep track of any primary election results, statewide or local, go here.

Keep track by race:
Columbia Heights Mayor
District 4 Commissioner
School Board ISD 13

General Election is Nov 6, Absentee Voting Begins Sept 21
Starting Sept 21: To vote absentee, please visit City Hall during office hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri, and check in at the front window.

To view a sample ballot, go here. To request to have a mail-in ballot sent to you, go here. To find your polling place, go here

City Hall is located at 590 40th Ave. NE.

Candidate Forum is Sept 20
A candidate forum for mayor, City Council, and county commissioner general election candidates will be held 7 pm, Thu, Sept 20, at City Hall. The event will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters ABC and questions for the candidates will be provided by the audience. A forum for the primary candidates was held July 18. View video of that forum here.

Election Judge Resources
Are you going to be an election judge? Follow this link to find all your necessary forms. 

Election Judges Needed
Being an election judge has many rewards. It gives you the opportunity to be involved in your community, allows you to help others, and it is a great learning experience.

If you are interested in serving as a judge for the 2018 General Election to be held on Nov 6, 2018, please complete and return the application. You must be 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. Election judges complete a paid two-hour training session and work during the primary and general elections. This is a great way to become involved with the election process in our community!

High School Students are Encouraged to Serve as Student Judges
Student election judge trainees receive training and are paid for their work. There is also a great need for trainees fluent in languages other than English to assist our more diverse population of voters. It’s a great way to learn about the election process, and earn money at the same time!

To qualify, students must be 16 years old or older on or before Election Day, be a U.S. citizen, be in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school (or home-schooled), and have permission from their parents and their school.

Find Your Polling Place and Precinct
To find out where you should vote, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Precinct 1 – John P. Murzyn Hall
530 Mill St.

Precinct 2 – Immaculate Conception Church
4030 Jackson St. NE

Precinct 3 – Columbia Heights Library, 
3939 Central Ave NE

Precinct 4 – Highland Elementary School, 
1500 49th Ave NE

Precinct 5 – First Lutheran Church
1555 40th Ave NE

Precinct 6 Highland Elementary School
1500 49th Ave NE

Precinct 7 – Valley View Elementary School
800 49th Ave NE

Precinct 8 – Valley View Elementary School
800 49th Ave NE

Meet the General Election Candidates:

Columbia Heights Mayoral candidates:
Connie Buesgens
Donna Schmitt

Columbia Heights City Council candidates:
Nelle Bing
Kay "Kt" Jacobs
John Murzyn Jr.
Nick Novitsky 

District 4 Anoka County Commissioner candidates:
Sean Broom
Mandy Meisner

ISD #13 School Board candidates:
Hala Asamarai
Janet Kendall
Molly Lewis
Michel Novitsky
Laura J. Palmer
Joanna Stark

2018 Ballot Questions
There will be two City of Columbia Heights ballot questions on the general election ballot this year:  

  • Question 1
    Shall the Columbia Heights City Charter be amended to change the mayoral term from a two-year term to a four-year term, with the change being effective January 1, 2021? 
  • Question 2
    Under the current city charter, the Police Department is under the control of the Mayor. Shall the Home Rule Charter of the City of Columbia Heights be amended to place control of the Police Department under the City Manager? If approved, this change shall take effect 30 days from the date of the election.