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2024 Election Dates
March 5, 2024: Presidential Nomination Primary Election
August 13, 2024: Primary Election
November 5, 2024: General Election
The City of Walker Department of Administration coordinates all in-person voting for city, county, state, and federal elections that take place within city limits. For more information regarding city elections, please contact the office of the City Administrator by phone at (218) 547-5501 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours.
Qualifications for Voting
The State of Minnesota requires the following for voter eligibility:
- Minimum age of 18 by election day
- Residency in the State of Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election
- United States citizenship
- Voter registration
National, state, and county primaries are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the second Monday in August. Minnesota has a consolidated primary ballot, which allows voters to make a secret choice of major party primary. Primary ballots marked for candidates from more than one party are considered defective and are not counted.National, state, county, and city general elections are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Candidates file for mayor and City Council positions at City Hall not less than eight weeks and no more than 10 weeks prior to the election. City Council elections are non-partisan.
Voter Registration and Absentee Voting
You can register to vote and/or apply to vote absentee through the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, or by contacting the Cass County Auditor/Treasurer's office.
Election Day Registration
An individual who is eligible to vote may register on election day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which the individual maintains residence, by completing a registration card, making an oath in the form prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof of residence. An individual may prove residence for purposes of registering by:
- Having a voter who is registered to vote in the precinct sign an oath in the presence of the election judge vouching that the voter personally knows that the individual is a resident of the precinct; a voter who has been vouched for on election day may not sign a proof of residence oath vouching for any other individual on that election day
- Showing a current utility bill with photo ID card
- Showing a driver’s license or Minnesota identification card (with current address) or receipt for one
- Showing a notice from the County Auditor’s Office with address and precinct shown
- Showing one of the following:
- A current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
- A current valid student identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota
Generally, a candidate for elective office must meet of all of the following criteria:
- must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
- must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
- must have maintained a residence in the City of Walker for at least 30 days before the General Election
Campaign Finance Reports for Candidates
Local candidates and campaigns follow Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A and local laws, and file with their local filing officer, Hope Fairchild, Walker City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer.
Campaign finance reports are required by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A for candidates for City offices. They are also required for committees formed to support or defeat a candidate or ballot question.
Certificate of Filing
All candidates or committees must file a Certificate of Filing within 7 days of a general or special election in which their name is on the ballot. On this form, the candidate or committee treasurer affirms that either 1) all required campaign finance reports have been filed, or 2) the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750.00 in that calendar year.
Once a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750.00, they must file a Campaign Financial Report until they file a Final Report. Any filings must include all information required by Minnesota Statutes 211A.02, subd. 2.
- Initial Report: must be filed within 14 days after a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750.00. Additional required reports must be filed once an Initial Report is filed.
- Year-End Report: due on January 31st of each year after the Initial Report is filed.
- Final Report: a candidate or committee may file a Final Report once all debts are paid and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of. Filing a Final Report ends campaign reporting activity, so a new Initial Report must be filed if the candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750.00 after this point.
Become an Election Judge
Election judges are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place on Election Day. Serving as an Election Judge is a great opportunity to serve our community and be involved in the election process.
Election judge requirements:
- You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
- You must be able to read, write, and speak English
- You must complete training
- You must not be the spouse, parent, including a step-parent, child, including a step-child, or sibling, including a step-sibling, of any other judge in the same precinct or of any candidate
- Must not be living with, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot in that election
- Must not be a candidate on the ballot in that election