Happy National Voter Registration Day!
You must be registered in order to vote. In Minnesota, you can register when you vote, but registering in advance saves you time in the polls and ensures you are ready when it is time to vote.
You need to update your registration every time you move, as well as if you change your name or if it has been more than four years since you last voted. Take a few moments today to make sure you are ready for all of the important elections coming up!
Upcoming Election events for Rochester voters
2020 Scheduled Election Events
Presidential Primary - March 3, 2020
State and Local Primary - August 11, 2020
General Election - November 3, 2020
Note about 2019 Referendums
There will be elections on Tuesday November 5, 2019, for most Rochester voters. This includes a referendum relating to Rochester Public Schools.
Because this is not a city election, the City of Rochester is not involved in administering this election, including for the recruitment and assignment of election judges. Please contact Rochester Public Schools for more information.
Online tools for voters:
Voter Resources to Download
2018 Voter Information Guide (PDF) - will be updated for 2020
Voting in the 2018 General Election - One Page Voter Quick Reference (PDF) - will be updated for 2020
Access your personalized sample ballot for the general election beginning 46 days before each election to see exactly what your ballot looks like before you go to vote.
Voters have three choices for how to cast a ballot:
- By mail - starts 46 days before each election
- Early in-person at a designated absentee voting location - starts 46 days before each election, with additional locations in 2020 in the final 7 days before each election
- 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! Sign up now to let us know if you are interested in helping in any of the three elections in 2020.
If you will be 16 or 17 in 2020, you can sign up to be a student election judge and help your friends and neighbors cast their ballots.
Filing for office for candidates in 2018occurred 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 - will be updated for 2020
2018 Election Results
November General Election
Kim Norton 31,810
Charlie O'Connell 14,938
Heather Holmes 4146
Patrick Keane 4190
Nick Campion 5579
Arlo Kroenig 1754
Judy Hickey 3907
Shaun C. Palmer 3967