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Hennepin County Elections

Secretary of State Elections

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To register to vote, find your voting location or to view sample ballots see Minnesota Votes.

Voter Turnout Results 2016

As of Wednesday, November 9, in Hennepin County:  

  • Total voter turnout – nearly 684,000
  • Of this total, absentee ballots received and accepted (mail and in-person) – about 203,000
  • Shorewood had an 88% voter turnout rate.

Hennepin County has more than doubled its previous record of accepted absentee ballots, which was 82,000 during the 2008 election. Hennepin County voting was also up slightly compared to turnout in the last presidential election in 2012, which was 682,764. All results are posted on the Secretary of State’s election results website and at the Hennepin County elections results website. 

Primary Election Results 2016

Approximately 5.5% of Shorewood residents voted in the August 9 Primary Election. Results are available on the Secretary of State's website.


  • Where do I vote?
  • How do I vote?
  • How do I preregister?
  • Election Day Registration
  • Absentee Voting
  • Military and Overseas

To find out your precinct and where you vote, go to and click on "Find Where You Vote". Enter your address where prompted.

If you know your precinct, the locations are listed below.

Click here, to search for the location of your polling place and to view a sample ballot.

Precinct 1:
4445 Enchanted Point
Shorewood MN 55364
Precinct 2:
Minnewashta Church
26710 West 62nd Street
Shorewood MN 55331
Precinct 3:
Southshore Center
5735 Country Club Rd
Shorewood MN 55331
Precinct 4:
Excelsior Covenant Church
19955 Excelsior Boulevard
Shorewood MN 55331

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 online. Paper copies are available at City Hall which you can fill out and return 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 voter's certificate. 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. It is easy to preregister online at, click on "Register to Vote". You may also register in person at City Hall, 5755 Country Club Rd, Shorewood, MN 55331, at Hennepin County Libraries, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County Government Center, or the Secretary of State's Office. Find all deadlines and election dates on the Secretary of State's website.

Newly registered voters will receive a notice in the mail indicating their polling place location.

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

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

Minnesota allows election day registration with proper identification. To get a list of acceptable identification items and to get specific information on election day registration, review the information on the Secretary of State's website.

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 for any reason.

Absentee voters have the following options:

  • Shorewood residents may vote in person at Shorewood City Hall for city elections, or to the school district offices for school board elections, during regular business hours starting 45 days prior to Election Day; or during the additional voting hours.
  • Request the Absentee Ballot online at . An absentee ballot will be mailed to you upon receipt of your online request. When completing the process by mail, please allow at least seven business days to process the request.
  • Fax, email or mail your completed paper Absentee Ballot Application to Hennepin County at the address provided, for city elections; or to the school district office for school district elections. Allow at least seven business days to complete the mail 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
  • Campaign Finance Reporting
  • 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. 2016 filings for Shorewood Council (4-year term) and Mayor (4-year term) are Aug 2-16. Filing fee (all candidates): $2, or petition in lieu of filing fee per Shorewood Municipal Code, 1300.

Campaign Finance Reports must stay online for four years.
Contribution Limits $600.

Campaigns for County, City, Township, School District or other political subdivision office

The requirements in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A apply to these offices and are in addition to requirements in a local charter. Required campaign reports for county, city, township, school district, and other political subdivision offices are filed with the filing officer for the office.

Campaign reporting requirements under 211A:
Campaign Finance Reports Due by Candidates / Listed Below:  


Initial Report (Candidate or Committee Report)
An initial report must be filed within 14 days after a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750. Additional required reports must be filed once an initial report is filed.


These Reports Due (During Election Year / An “Election Year” is any year in which the candidate’s name or a question appears on the ballot.

Pre-Primary Report
Due 10 days before the primary or special primary. This report covers the period from where the previous report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Pre-General Report
Due 10 days before the general election or special election. This report covers the period from where the pre-primary report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Post-General Report
Due 30 days after a general or special election. This report covers the period from where the pre-general report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Year-End Report
A year-end report is due on January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report is filed. Additional reports are required in a year when the candidate’s name or the ballot question a committee is working for or against appears on the ballot.

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, but a new initial report must be filed if the candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750 after this point.
Note: Once a “Final Report” is filed, no further subsequent reports are required to be filed.


Certification of Filing
Due 7 days after the general or special election. A certification of filing must be filed regardless if a candidate or committee raises or spends enough to file an initial report. It indicates to the filing officer that either all the required campaign reports have been filed or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in the calendar year.  The Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing form is available for download from Campaign Forms and Handouts page.

The Campaign Financial Report form and 2014 Campaign Manual are available for download from the Secretary of State’s website. The Campaign Manual contains additional information regarding campaign reporting and campaign practices.  A handout is also available with more information on Corporate Campaign Expenditure Reporting.

2014-2016 Candidate Campaign filings


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. Submit the Election Judge Application to the City of Shorewood. Training is provided in July for the August Primary and November General Elections.

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.