Election Information

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2016 Election Information

2016 Election Dates:

Primary Election:  August 9, 2016
General Election: November 8, 2016

 The following municipal seats will be up for election in the 2016 election cycle:

  • Mayor (2 year term)
  • Council seat (4 year term currently filled by Councilmember Winnick)
  • Council seat (4 year term currently filled by Councilmember Weber)
View the City of Forest Lake Notice of Election here.

The filing period for these municipal seats closed on August 16, 2016. The Candidate filings list contains the names of those who have filed for office in the City of Forest Lake. A full listing of all candidates statewide can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. 

View a Sample Ballot here.

Campaign Finance Reports

The following candidates have filed Campaign Finance Reports (click on the candidate name to view report):

Absentee Voting 

Any eligible voter can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. Voters can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you. 

A printable Absentee Ballot Application is available here.  Or, you may apply online through the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office via Minnesota Votes.

Ballot Availability

Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each regularly scheduled Election.
Call Washington County Elections at 651-430-6175 for more information.

Voting Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
  • Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Registering to Vote

Information on how to register to vote can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. If you have voted previously in Forest Lake during the past 4 years you are already registered to vote. Moved since you last voted? You will need to update your registration.

Where to Vote

Use the Polling Place Finder found on the Secretary of State’s website to determine your polling location. You can also view the City of Forest Lake Precinct Map to help determine polling location.

Polling Places:

Precinct 1:   Forest Lake City Center
1408 Lake Street South
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Precinct 2: St. Peter's Church
1250 South Shore Drive
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Precinct 3: Faith Lutheran Church
886 North Shore Dr
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Precinct 4: Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Precinct 5:  Forest Lake Service Center
19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025