Elections & Voting



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

Primary Election is Aug 14, General Election is Nov 6
Keep track of who has filed for candidacy for council and mayor here. 

Absentee Voting Runs through Aug 13 at City Hall

Absentee voting for the Aug 14 primary began June 29 at City Hall and runs through Aug 13. 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, 590 40th Ave. NE, will be open to absentee voters an extra half hour Aug 13, until 5 pm. City Hall will also be open Sat, Aug 11, from 10 am to 3 pm, for voting.

Candidate Forum is July 18
A candidate forum for mayor and County commissioner will be held 7 pm, Wed, July 18 at City Hall. A second forum for mayor and City Council general election candidates will be held Sept 20 at City Hall. The event will be moderated by a League of Women Voters representative. Questions for the candidates will be provided by the audience.

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 elections to be held on Aug 14 and 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.

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.