The next city-wide election events in Rochester are the Primary on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 and the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
- Register to vote
- Check your registration status
- Request a mail ballot for the primary, general election, or both
- Get your personalized sample ballot based on your home address
- Check your assigned polling place for Election Day
Access your personalized sample ballot for the Aug. 14 Primary now to see exactly what your ballot looks like before you go to vote.
Contests Rochester voters will find on the ballot in 2018 include:
- United States Senator (Term ending Jan. 3, 2025) (Primary and General)
- United Stated Senator (Special Election for term ending Jan. 3, 2021) (Primary and General)
- United States Representative for District One (Primary and General)
- State Representative for District 26A, (Primary and General)
- State Representatives for Districts 25A, 25B, and 26B (General Only)
- Governor and Lieutenant Governor (Primary and General)
- Secretary of State (Primary and General)
- State Auditor (General Only)
- Attorney General (Primary and General)
- Supreme Court - Chief Justice, and Associate Justice Seats 1, 2, and 5 (General Only)
- Court of Appeals Seats 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, 15, and 24 (General Only)
- District Court Judges for the 3rd District Court, Seats 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 24 (General Only)
- County Commission for Districts 2, 4, and 6 (General Only)
- County Attorney (General Only)
- County Sheriff (General Only)
- Soil and Water Conservation Officer for Districts 1, 2, and 3 (General Only)
- Mayor (Primary and General)
- Council Member Ward 1 (Primary and General)
- Council Member Ward 3 (General Only)
- Council Member Ward 5 (Primary and General)
- School Board Positions 2 and 6 (Primary and General)
- School Board Position (General Only)
In the primary, state and federal offices are selected through partisan primaries. These races are on the front of your ballot in two columns, one for each of the two major parties in Minnesota. You must pick one party and only vote in that party's contests on your ballot. The back of your ballot is non-partisan, and you can vote in all contests on that side.
Voters have three choices for how to cast a ballot:
- By mail
- Early in-person at a designated absentee voting location - for the Primary, at Olmsted County Elections at the Fairgrounds
- At your assigned polling place on Election Day.
Election judges are always needed to help serve voters in the polls on Election Day. Consider applying today! You can sign up and take part in the Aug. 14 Primary, the Nov. 6 General Election, or both. If you are 16 or 17, you can sign up to be a student election judge and help your friends and neighbors cast their ballots.
Filing for office for candidates occurred from May 22 through June 5, 2018. The Rochester City Clerk's Office is the filing office for all city offices (mayor and city council.)
Candidate Filing Packets: includes information about campaign guidelines and required campaign finance reports