COVID-19 InformationInformation and Updates for Community Members

Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 135
Rochester, MN 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2900
Fax: 507-328-2901
TDD: 507-328-2900

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Candidate Filing is now closed

Filing for City and School Board offices on the ballot in 2020 was held startingTuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Office of the City Clerk, at 201 4th St SE in room 104, and ended June 2 at 5 p.m. Candidates who have filed for office can withdraw until 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. The front desk of City Hall will remain open until 5 p.m. on that day to receive any withdrawals.

Affidavit of Withdrawal

2020 Candidate Filing Packet - Includes Local and State Information

See current lists of who has filed for local office on the City Candidates section of this website.

Online tools for voters:

OSS Request a Mail Ballot

Voter Information

Voting is as easy as three simple steps.

Step 1: Register

The first step to voting is getting registered. Register to vote or check your registration online now. Voters in Minnesota can also register when voting.

Step 2: Learn

Access your personalized sample ballot for each election event beginning 46 days before each election to see exactly what your ballot looks like before you go to vote. 

Step 3: Vote

Voters have three choices for how to cast a ballot:

  1. By mail - starts 46 days before each election
  2. 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
  3. At your assigned polling place on Election Day

Election Judge Information

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.

Candidate Information

Filing for office for candidates in 2020 occurred from May 19 through June 2, 2020. The Rochester City Clerk's Office is the filing office for all city offices (city council members for wards 2, 4, and 6 as well as the councilmember-at-large.) The City Clerk's Office is also accepting filings for school board directors in 2020.

Candidate Filing Packets: includes information about campaign guidelines and required campaign finance reports.

Voter Resources to Download

Voting in the 2020 Presidential Nomination Primary - One Page Voter Quick Reference (PDF)

Registering When You Vote - One Page Quick Guide (PDF)

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