Elections

Welcome to the City of Big Lake Election Page!

Voting is an important right and responsibility for qualified U.S citizens. Voting gives you a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will make decisions on issues that are important to you.

Here’s how you can make a difference in the election process:

  • Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by exercising your right to vote
  • Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote
  • Learn what’s going on in your country and community
  • Contact public officials about issues that are important to you

2020 Election Dates

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for the following elections:

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020: Primary Election
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election

City of Big Lake Filing Period for Mayor and City Council Seats

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that filings for Mayor and City Council Members will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The City of Big Lake shall elect the following at the November 3, 2020 General Election:

• One (1) Mayor for a four (4) year term

• Two (2) Council Members for four (4) year terms

• SPECIAL ELECTION - to fill One (1) Council Member seat for the remaining two (2) year term

Affidavits of Candidacy will be received weekdays in the Office of the City Clerk located at Big Lake City Hall located at 160 Lake Street North, between the hours of Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

View the 2020 Candidate Information Packet.

Candidate Financial Reports

There are no submitted candidate financial reports at this time. Reports will be uploaded when they are received by the City. 

Election Judges Needed

The City of Big Lake is looking for people to serve as election judges for the 2020 elections. 

Click here for more information about serving as an election judge.

Click here for the 2020 Election Judge Application.

State Primary and General Election Information for Voters

When voting at the Primary Election – The State, Legislative, and Federal Offices are arranged in partisan format.  On the partisan formal ballot, a voter must vote for candidates of only one political party.  Voting outside of a political party will result in a spoiled ballot.  None of the votes cast on a spoiled ballot are counted.  Voters must adhere to the instructions advising the number of candidates that votes can be cast for under each office.  County and Judicial Offices are non-partisan positions on this ballot.

When voting at the General Election – Voters have the option to vote for any Office(s) and are not restricted to one political party.  Voters must adhere to the instructions advising the number of candidates that votes can be cast for under each office.    

Where to Vote in the City of Big Lake

There are three precincts for Big Lake residents. Locate your polling place by downloading the precinct map (PDF).

Voter Registration Information

Voter registration information is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website. Voters may register to vote on election at their designated Precinct. Proof of residency options are available from: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/.

Absentee Voting

All absentee voting is done at the Sherburne County Government Center Auditor / Treasurer’s Office located at:
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55309
Phone: 763-765-4351

Apply to vote by absentee at: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/.

Minnesota Votes

Voters may visit MNVotes to find helpful online voter tools and resources including:

  • Absentee ballot applications
  • Absentee ballot look-up
  • Online voter registration application
  • Polling place finder
  • Precinct caucus finder
  • Sample ballot viewer
  • Voter registration status look-up

Information is also available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website.