Elections

Congratulations to City of Big Lake Winning Candidates from the November 3, 2020 General Election!

The Big Lake City Council has canvassed the results of the 2020 General Election. Congratulations to the winning candidates for each City seat with terms ending December 31, 2024:

  • Mayor Elect PAUL KNIER
  • Council Member Elect PAUL SEEFELD
  • Council Member Elect SAM HANSON

These candidates will be sworn in prior to the start of the January 13, 2021 Council Workshop (approximately 4:45 p.m.).

The City also held a Special Election to fill a vacancy for the term ending January 2, 2022. Congratulations to the winning candidate of this special election:

  • Council Member Elect KEN HALVERSON

This candidate will be sworn in prior to the start of the November 25, 2020 Council Workshop (approximately 4:45 p.m.).

Welcome to the City of Big Lake Election Page!

Voting is an important right and responsibility for qualified U.S citizens. Voting gives you a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will make decisions on issues that are important to you.

Here’s how you can make a difference in the election process:

  • Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by exercising your right to vote
  • Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote
  • Learn what’s going on in your country and community
  • Contact public officials about issues that are important to you

2020 Election Date

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for the following election:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election

City of Big Lake Filing Period for Mayor and City Council Seats

The filing period for Mayor and City Council Candidates CLOSED on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The City of Big Lake shall elect the following at the November 3, 2020 General Election:

• One (1) Mayor for a four (4) year term

• Two (2) Council Members for four (4) year terms

• SPECIAL ELECTION - to fill One (1) Council Member seat for the remaining two (2) year term

View the 2020 Candidate Information Packet.

Affidavits of Candidacy Filed

Mayor Seat

Council Member Seats (4-year term)

Special Election – Council Member Seat (remaining 2-year term)

Candidate Financial Reports

Election Judges 

The City of Big Lake is required to appoint election judges for the General Election no later than October 9th. The City Council will be officially appointing judges at their meeting on September 23rd. At this time, the City is not accepting any further election judge applications for the November 3, 2020 General Election. 

State Primary and General Election Information for Voters

When voting at the Primary Election (August of even numbered years) – The State, Legislative, and Federal Offices are arranged in partisan format.  On the partisan formal ballot, a voter must vote for candidates of only one political party.  Voting outside of a political party will result in a spoiled ballot.  None of the votes cast on a spoiled ballot are counted.  Voters must adhere to the instructions advising the number of candidates that votes can be cast for under each office.  County and Judicial Offices are non-partisan positions on this ballot.

When voting at the General Election (November of even numbered years) – Voters have the option to vote for any Office(s) and are not restricted to one political party.  Voters must adhere to the instructions advising the number of candidates that votes can be cast for under each office.    

Where to Vote in the City of Big Lake

There are three precincts for Big Lake residents. Locate your polling place by downloading the precinct map (PDF).

Voter Registration Information

Voter registration information is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website. Voters may register to vote on election at their designated Precinct. Proof of residency options are available from: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/.

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting begins Friday, September 18, 2020. Absentee voting is NOT coordinated by the City of Big Lake. All absentee voting is done at the Sherburne County Government Center Auditor / Treasurer’s Office located at:
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55309
Phone: 763-765-4351

Apply to vote by absentee at: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/.

Minnesota Votes

Voters may visit MNVotes to find helpful online voter tools and resources including:

  • Absentee ballot applications
  • Track the status of your Absentee ballot
  • Online voter registration application
  • Polling place finder
  • Precinct caucus finder
  • Sample ballot viewer
  • Voter registration status look-up

Information is also available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website.