Elections

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

2018 Election Dates

  • Primary Election Day - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • General Election Day - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Election Judges are Needed!

In Minnesota, poll workers are called election judges. Election judges are paid officials who staff local polling places, carry out election procedures, and make sure that the rights of voters are protected. The City of Big Lake is in need of judges to serve at the 2018 elections. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great way to serve your community! Election Judge APPLICATIONS can be emailed to gwolbeck@biglakemn.org or dropped off at City Hall. Contact Big Lake City Clerk Gina Wolbeck at 763-251-2973, or by email at gwolbeck@biglakemn.org with any questions.

 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).

Local Election Information

City of Big Lake voters will elect two (2) City Council Members at the November 6th General Election. The filing period for the City of Big Lake seats will be from July 31, 2018 through 5 p.m. on August 14, 2018.

Voter Registration Information

Voter registration information is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State's Website.

Absentee Voting

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

Minnesota Votes

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

  • Absentee ballot applications
  • Absentee ballot look-up
  • 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.

Candidates for Mayor/City Council Seats

The City of Big Lake is comprised of a Mayor and four City Council Members. Candidates must reside within the City of Big Lake Municipal boundaries. All candidates running for an elective office must be 21 years of age upon assuming office. The Mayor and each City Council Member are elected to a four-year term. The 2018 municipal election will consist of electing two (2) Council Members whose terms will commence in January 2019. Municipal elections are non-partisan and names are placed on the ballot without party designation. 

Local filings for the 2018 general election are open for a two week time period. Filings open at 8:00 a.m. on July 31, 2018 and close at 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2018. Interested candidates can download a CANDIDATE INFORMATION PACKET, or can pick up a paper copy at Big Lake City Hall located at 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN. The 2018 Campaign Manuals are not yet available from the State of MN. Once they are made available to us, a copy will be added to the Candidate Information Packet.