Election Information

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Precinct Redistricting

Redistricting occurs every 10 years throughout the State and can affect the City's precinct boundaries.  This year the City of Forest Lake is redrawing our precinct maps and some voters will be voting in a different precinct.  This means you may have a new in-person polling location. More information will be available to residents as we near elections.

Please see the link below for the City Council Resolution and precinct map.  You can also find the map posted in the lobby of the Forest Lake City Center.

Resolution 02-28-22-01 - Establish Precincts and Polling Places in Forest Lake

Please contact Washington County if you have election questions.  You may also contact the Secretary of State.


2022 Election Information

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Please contact Washington County if you have election questions.  Information can also be found on the Secretary of State website.


Candidate Filing

The City of Forest Lake will have two City Council seats and a Mayoral election. The candidate filing period begins Tuesday, August 2, 2022 and ends Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Interested candidates are to complete an Affidavit of Candidacy at the Forest Lake City Center with a $5 filing fee. More information on candidate qualifications can be found here.

2022 Local Candidate Filings

See information below about candidate filing and check back here for candidate listings. (current posting is for 2020 elections)

Click this link for 2022 Candidate Filing Documents


Ballot Availability

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

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. 

You may apply for Absentee Voting online through the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office via Minnesota Votes. You can also get an absentee ballot at the Washington County Government Center located at 19955 Forest Blvd.

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

For information on voter registration please check the Secretary of State 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.

Polling Places

Precinct 1:  Forest Lake Senior Center
767 4th Street Southwest
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Precinct 2:  Forest Lake City Center (Community Room - 2nd Level)
 1408 Lake Street South
Forest Lake, MN 55025

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

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

Precinct 5:  Washington County Service Center (in Forest Lake)
19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025


Please contact Washington County if you have election questions.  You may also contact the Secretary of State.