2020 General Election FAQs
With Election Day 2020 right around the corner, the City of Columbia Heights has compiled a list of helpful information for its residents.
Registering to Vote
You can register or update your registration when you vote whether that is at your polling place on Election Day or while early voting. Check to see if you’re registered to vote at your current address here.
If you need to register, there are multiple options of items to use as proof of residence. Proof of residence options can be found here.
To vote early in-person, please visit City Hall, 590 40th Ave NE, during office hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri. City Hall will also be open Sat, Oct 31, 10 am to 3 pm, and until 5 pm on Mon, Nov 2, for in-person absentee voting.
Completed mail-in ballots can also be dropped off during these hours. If you are dropping off someone else's ballot, you will need to sign a return log and show identification with name and signature.
To vote early by mail, visit www.mnvotes.org/absentee to request a ballot. Ballots can be dropped off (see information above) or returned by mail. Ballots returned by mail need to be postmarked on or before Tue, Nov 3, and arrive at Anoka County Elections by Tue, Nov 10.
*Columbia Heights residents can also early vote in-person at the Anoka County Government Center for more information go here.
Saturday In-Person Early Voting
When: Oct 31 10 am to 3 pm
Where: City Hall
Completed mail-in ballots can also be dropped off. If you are dropping off someone else's ballot, you will need to sign a return log and show identification with name and signature.
Polling place locations will be from 7 am to 8 pm.
Two polling place locations have changed since 2018. 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.
You are able to drop off absentee ballots from 8 am to 3 pm at City Hall or you can still mail them (they must be postmarked on or before Election Day and arrive to Anoka County Elections by Tue, Nov 10).
Absentee ballots will not be accepted at polling places, but you may choose to vote at your polling place instead of submitting your absentee ballot (either by mail or by dropping it off at City Hall).
What's On My Ballot
You can view a sample ballot on the Secretary of State's website here.
Track Your Ballot
Voters can check the status of their absentee ballot here.
Absentee Ballot Behind-the-Scenes (Video Courtesy of Anoka County Elections)
Election night results will include polling place results plus all absentee ballots counted as of Election Day.
Additional absentee ballots mailed by voters on or before Election Day that are accepted by the Anoka County’s absentee ballot board will be counted and results totals will be updated no later than 6 pm each weekday (Nov 4-10) to include the additional absentee ballots counted for that day.
For more information, please visit columbiaheightsmn.gov/elections.