Special Election

Vacancy Created

On January 13, 2021, Big Lake City Council Member Paul Knier submitted his resignation effective upon taking the Oath of Office for the Mayor seat. This resignation created a vacancy on the City Council.

Special Election Ordered

At their meeting on January 13, 2021, the Big Lake City Council ordered a Special Election be held on April 13, 2021 to fill the following seat: 

  • One (1) Council Member seat for the term expiring January 1, 2023

Click here to view the Special Election Public Notice.

Click here to view the Sample Ballot Notice.

Voting Precinct Locations

MN Statute requires all three voting Precincts will be open for on-site voting on April 13, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Precinct No. 1 – BIG LAKE CITY HALL; 160 Lake Street North

Precinct No. 2 – BIG LAKE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING; 18041 – 198th Avenue

Precinct No. 3 – SARON LUTHERAN CHURCH; 311 Lake Street South

Affidavit of Candidacy Information

The filing period for interested candidates has closed (filing period was February 2, 2021 through 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2021). On Thursday, February 18th, two election judges will be drawing candidate names to determine candidate name order on the April 13th Ballot. 

Click here to view the Notice of Candidate Filing for Special City Election.

Click here to view the Candidate Filing packet.

Affidavits of Candidacy Filed 

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting for this Special Election will start 46 days before election day – The first day to vote by absentee will be February 26, 2021. In an effort to provide voter consistency, the Sherburne County Auditor’s Office will be administering all absentee voting for this Special Election. This is the same process for any of our regular elections so voters who have voted by Absentee Ballot at previous elections should be familiar with this process.

  • How do I apply to vote absentee? 
    • As this is a stand-alone special election, the MN Secretary of State’s office does not provide an online portal for voters to apply to vote by absentee.  Voters wishing to vote by absentee can obtain a paper application form from the County Auditor’s office, from Big Lake City Hall, or it can be downloaded from the County Website at https://www.co.sherburne.mn.us/189/Voting-Absentee-Ballot.
    • Completed applications can be mailed to Sherburne County at the address on the backside of the application, hand delivered, or emailed to electionsdg@co.sherburne.mn.us.
  • Questions about Absentee Voting? If you have questions, please contact the Sherburne County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 763-765-4351.

Public Accuracy Testing

The Public Accuracy Testing for this Special Election will be held starting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in the Big Lake City Council Chambers located at 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN 55309. This testing is open to the public.

Special Election Results

For State Primary and General Elections, candidates and voters are referred to the MN Secretary of State’s (MN SOS) Website which has the most up-to-date election results. It is our understanding that for SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS such as the April 13th Special Election, the State Website will NOT have information pertaining to our Special Election results. Results for this Special Election will be posted at the top this page as soon as election judges have finalized in-person voting and the County Auditor’s Office has finalized all Absentee ballots. Our hope is that un-official results will be posted sometime the evening of April 13th, but the date/time of posting could be affected by the number of Absentee ballots, as well as whatever COVID restrictions are in place at the time of the Special Election. Election Staff will post un-official results as soon as they are available. The Big Lake City Council will be canvassing the results at a Special Meeting on Friday, April 16th at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN.

Questions?

Questions regarding this Special Election can be directed to Big Lake City Clerk Gina Wolbeck at gwolbeck@biglakemn.org or by phone at 763-251-2973.