2020 Elections Info

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2020 Elections Info

Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, two Columbia Heights precincts will be voting in new polling places. Along with the new polling place locations, information about absentee voting, important election dates, election judge positions, and the City Council forum can be found below.

Helpful Links

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.
To apply as an election judge or a student election judge, go here.

For any election-related questions, please contact City Clerk Nicole Tingley at ntingley@columbiaheightsmn.gov or (763) 706-3611.

Two New Polling Place Locations

Two polling place locations have changed since the last election. Precinct 6, previously at Highland Elementary School, moved to Hylander Center, while Precinct 8, previously at Valley View Elementary School, moved to ChristLife Church. Please note that Precinct 4 residents will still vote at Highland Elementary School and Precinct 7 residents will still vote at Valley View Elementary School. To check where you vote, use the State of Minnesota Polling Place Finder.

Absentee Voting Under Way at City Hall*

Absentee voting for the Aug 11 primary is now available at City Hall and runs through Aug 10. To vote absentee, please visit City Hall, 590 40th Ave. NE, during office hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri (excluding Fri July 3), and check-in at the front window.

City Hall will be open to absentee voters an extra half hour Aug 10, until 5 pm, and will also be open Sat Aug 8, from 10 am to 3 pm, for voting.

*Columbia Heights residents can also absentee vote in-person at the Anoka County Government Center for more information go here.

2020 Election Important Dates

Friday, June 26

State Primary absentee voting begins

Tuesday, July 21

Last day to pre-register before the State Primary

Saturday, August 8

Saturday Absentee Voting at City Hall 10 am - 3 pm

Monday, August 10

City Hall open until 5 pm for absentee voting

Tuesday, August 11

State Primary Election Day (polls open 7 am - 8 pm)

Friday, September 18

General Election absentee voting begins

Tuesday, October 20

Last day to pre-register to vote before the General Election

Saturday, October 31

Saturday Absentee Voting at City Hall 10 am - 3 pm

Monday, November 2

City Hall open until 5 pm for absentee voting

Tuesday, November 3

General Election Day (polls open 7 am - 8 pm)

Monday, January 4, 2021

Terms begin for officers elected


City Needs Election Judges; Training and Pay Provided

Columbia Heights needs a new generation of poll workers to step in for those who are retiring. The City also needs judges who are fluent in languages other than English to assist a more diverse population of voters.

Poll workers will receive training and have a right to get time off from their job to serve.

Students 16 and Older Can Serve as Student Election Judges

Student Election Judges serve alongside Election Judges with the same duties and pay. It a great opportunity for students to serve the community and gain valuable experience while earning money! It also looks great on college applications and resumes!

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.

City Council Primary Candidate Forum to be Held July 14

The City of Columbia Heights, in partnership with the League of Women Voters ABC, will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum Tue, July 14, for the seven candidates running in the Columbia Heights City Council primary. The event will be broadcast live from 6 to 7:15 pm on Facebook and local government access channels. A moderator will be provided by the League of Women Voters.

Due to social-distancing guidelines, an in-person audience will not be allowed, but residents can still get involved by submitting questions for the candidates here. Please submit questions by July 10.

A second forum for the two mayoral candidates and the top four City Council primary vote-getters will be held in September, date and time TBA.