2014 Election - Important Dates
Primary Election is August 12
June 27 – Campaign signs may be placed
June 27 – August 11 – Absentee Ballots available
July 29 – August 12 – Candidate Filing Period for City offices of Mayor and Councilmember; city hall open until 5pm on August 12 for candidate filings.
August 9 (Saturday) – City Hall open 10am-3pm for Absentee Voting
August 11 – City Hall open until 5pm for Absentee Voting
August 12 – Primary Election Day - Polling places open 7am-8pm
August 14 – Candidates who filed for city office may withdraw by 5pm
General Election is November 4
Sept. 19 – Nov. 3 – Absentee Ballots available
Nov. 1 (Saturday) – City Hall open 10am-3pm for Absentee Voting
Nov. 3 – City Hall open until 5pm for Absentee Voting
November 4 – General Election Day – Polling places open 7am-8pm
Nov. 14 – Last day to remove campaign signs
Election results may be found on the Secretary of State website or through Hennepin County. City results by precinct are available here on the evening of the election. Results are not final until the Canvassing Board approves the results. If you have any election comments or questions, please contact Jean at the city, 952.960.7911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Where do I vote?
- How do I vote?
- How do I preregister?
- Election Day Registration
- Absentee Voting
- Military and Overseas
Minnesota law allows voters to take time off from work with pay to vote during the morning of state elections. The idea is to encourage people to vote early in the day. You must vote in the precinct in which you live. Each precinct has a polling place. Shorewood has five polling locations, noted below. Click here, to search for the location of your polling place and to view a sample ballot.
Voting is easy!
Before you can vote, you need to be on the official list of voters. This is called being registered. The easiest way to register is by filling out a voter registration application, available at City Hall, and returning it to Hennepin County Government Center - 300 S. 6th Street, Rm. A600, Minneapolis MN 55487 or Shorewood City Hall.
Go to your polling place on Election Day. An election judge will check if you are on the list of registered voters and, if so, have you read the oath and sign the roster. Then you will receive a ballot. If you cannot go to your polling place on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot prior to Election Day to vote!
You may pre-register any time up to 20 days prior to an election.
Eligibility of Voters:
You are eligible to register and vote in Hennepin County if you are:
- at least 18 years old on the day of the election
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election
You are not eligible to vote if you have been:
- under a guardianship in which the court order revokes the ward's right to vote
- found by a court to be legally incompetent
- convicted of treason or any felony without having your civil rights restored
Who needs to register?
- Individuals who have never registered to vote
- Individuals who have moved or changed their name since they last registered
- Individuals who have not voted at least once in the last 4 years
Where to pre-register?
Voter Registration Applications are available in PDF format to download. PDF format allows you to view your form electronically on most computers. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.
You may pre-register by mail or in-person at one of the following locations:
- Shorewood City Hall, 5755 Country Club Road
- All Hennepin County Libraries
- Hennepin County Service Centers located near Brookdale, Ridgedale, Southdale and in Maple Grove
- Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis
- The Secretary of State's Office
To get date deadlines and links to registration information, see the Minnesota Secretary of State web site.
Newly registered voters will receive a notice in the mail indicating their polling place location.
If you miss registering prior to Election Day, you may still register on Election Day at your polling place if the following conditions are met:
Eligibility of voters
A person IS eligible to vote, if at the time of the election he/she:
- Is 18 years of age or older
- Is a citizen of the United States and
- Has resided in Minnesota for 20 days before the election.
The following are NOT eligible to vote:
- A person convicted of treason or any felony without having your civil rights restored.
- A person placed under guardianship in which the court order revokes the ward's right to vote.
- A person found by a court of law to be legally incompetent.
Election Day Registration – Proof of residence
If you are not able to pre-register, you can register on Election Day. To do so, you must provide election judges at your polling location with certain acceptable forms of identification to prove your eligibility, such as:
- A Minnesota Driver's License, Learner's Permit, Identification Card, or a Tribal Identification Card with your current address (or the receipt for renewal or change of the license or I. D.)
- A "Notice of Late Registration" received from your city clerk if your voter registration application was received after the last day to pre-register.
- One of the following documents that contains your name and photo: Minnesota driver's license, identification card, or a Tribal Identification Card with a previous address, US passport, US military identification card or student identification card from a Minnesota college AND a bill for electric, water, gas, telephone, cell phone, cable TV, sewer or solid waste services with a due date within 30 days of the election that contains your name and current address.
- Another registered voter living in your precinct who will come to the polling location with you to vouch for your residency.
If you are a college student, you may also use your college student identification card with your name and photo if your college has provided a list of students to the county.
Absentee voting allows individuals to get your ballot early and vote in person or by mail within the 45 days before each election.
Eligible Shorewood voters may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to vote in person on Election Day for any of the following reasons:
- Absent from the precinct on Election Day
- Illness or disability
- Unable to go to the polling place due to a religious holiday or beliefs
- An election judge serving in another precinct .
Absentee voters have the following options:
- Vote in person at Shorewood City Hall during regular business hours starting 45 days prior to Election Day; or during the additional voting hours.
- Complete the entire process by mail - Download an Absentee Ballot Application. Mail or fax the completed Absentee Ballot Application to:
Shorewood City Hall
5755 Country Club Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
Fax (952) 474-0128
Upon receipt of the application, a ballot will be mailed. Allow at least seven business days to complete the process.
Military and Overseas Voters
Military voters, their dependents, and other U.S. citizens who are overseas may be eligible to vote absentee under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Visit the Hennepin County website for complete information on how to vote.
Assistance to Persons with Disabilities
Voting equipment designed to assist voters with marking their ballot, called the ES&S AutoMARK™, will be available to assist voters who are blind, have a visual impairment, have dexterity issues, or any condition that would make it difficult to privately and independently mark their ballot in the usual way. Once their ballot is marked, it may be fed into the ballot tabulator machine to be counted as usual.
The ES&S AutoMARK™ is available for demonstration at City Hall. Residents interested in trying out the new equipment may call 952.960.7911 to schedule a visit.
Voters unable to enter a polling place may, with the assistance of two election judges of different political parties, register and vote without leaving their vehicle. Call 952.960.7900 for more information.
- Run for Municipal Office
- Be an Election Judge
Eligibility to Run for Municipal Office
Per Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Minnesota: Every person who by the provisions of this article is entitled to vote at any election and is twenty-one (21) years of age is eligible for any office elective by the people in the district wherein he has resided thirty days previous to the election, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution and law of the United States.
Shorewood municipal office candidates file in the Office of Elections at Shorewood City Hall. Each candidate receives a packet of financial and campaign information at the time of filing. If you have any questions about filing to run for municipal office, please contact City Hall at 952.960.7900.
During election season the city will post dates that filing is due. Filing fee (all candidates): $2.00, or petition in lieu of filing fee per Shorewood Municipal Code, 1300.
Election Judges serve our community in the polling places on Election Day. Their efficient and honest work insures fair elections. The City of Shorewood needs people for this exciting and vital work and will pay you.
Election Judge Requirements:
- An eligible voter in Shorewood
- Willing to identify with the Democratic-Farmer Labor, Independence or Republican parties
- Able to read, write, and speak English
- Not the brother, sister, spouse, parent or child of another election judge in the same precinct or of candidate in the election
- Not a candidate in the election
- Attend a training class
Election Judge Responsibilities:
- Open and close the polls
- Register and sign in voters
- Distribute and collect ballots
- Operate voting equipment
- Record and certify the vote totals
- Process Absentee Ballots
But I work on Election Day. . .
With 20 days written notice to your employer, you can take time off from work to serve as an election judge - with pay. Include a notice from the city or town that gives the hours you will be serving and the hourly rate of pay. Your employer then makes-up any difference between your election judge pay and the amount you would have made at work - similar to jury duty. Employers, however, can limit election judge service to 20% of the employees at a work site. (Minnesota Statutes 204B.195)
Full-day (6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.) or half-time shifts are available. Election Judge assignments are made by the Elections Department.
High School Students
If you are a high school student 16 and older and have good academic standing, you can be an election judge.
For further information, call 952.960.7900.