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Posted on: January 2, 2020

2020 Elections; Elections Judges Needed

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2020 will be a busy year for Fridley voters. There are three election days in 2020! Learn about voting, important dates, door knocking and how to become an election judge.

There are three election days in 2020: 

  • March 3, 2020 - Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP)
  • August 11, 2020 - Regular Primary
  • November 3, 2020 - General Election

Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP)

In 2016, legislation was passed establishing the PNP. The PNP will include all four major political parties in Minnesota: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party, Legal Marijuana Now Party and the Republican Party.

On election day, voters will be required to declare their political party when checking in to vote. Each of Minnesota’s four major political parties will have separate ballots. The ballot choice of each voter will become a part of their official voting record; however, the candidate the voter chooses does not. A voter’s political preference will be considered nonpublic data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, except that the voter’s party preference will be made available to the four major political party chairs.

Early Voting

If voters are unable to vote on election day, they may want to vote by Absentee Ballot. Fridley residents are welcome to vote early at the Fridley Civic Campus (7071 University Avenue) beginning January 17 for the PNP. Voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Voters may also vote at the Anoka County Courthouse (2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303).

In addition, voters may request that ballots be mailed to their home. To apply for a mailed Absentee Ballot, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web site: www.sos.state.mn.us, or call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683).

Important Dates

  • Early Voting for the PNP: January 17, 2020 through March 2, 2020
  • Candidate Filing for Fridley offices begins May 19, 2020
  • Early Voting for the Regular Primary: June 26, 2020 through August 10, 2020
  • Early Voting for the General Election: September 18, 2020 through November 2, 2020

Local Candidates

For Fridley City Council, the following vacancies will be on the ballot: Mayor and Councilmember- at-Large. Terms for these Council positions are four years beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2024.

Door Knocking for Political Candidates

With election day around the corner, residents may experience political candidates knocking on their door. City Code exempts political candidates from being licensed. Normally, most people visiting door-to-door need to have a Solicitor’s License and go through a background check with the City.

For more detailed election and voter information, including where to vote, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.mn.us or contact the City Clerk’s office at elections@FridleyMN.gov.

Election Judges Needed

Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in each polling location on election day. They are people protecting the rights of voters by ensuring the election process is fair and in accordance with Minnesota and federal laws.

Election judges are an integral part of making the election process work smoothly for voters. Fridley Election judges administer the City’s 12 polling locations in several different capacities such as greeting voters, registering new voters, demonstrating how to mark a ballot, maintaining accurate ballot counts, and certifying polling location results.

There are a few requirements to serve as an Election Judge:

  • Must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Must attend mandatory Election Judge training
  • Must not be a candidate in the election, or a family member of a candidate
  • Must not be a family member of any other Election Judge in the same polling location

Fridley Election Judges are paid $10 per hour. Students who are at least 16 years of age may serve as Student Judges. Student Judges perform all job functions of a polling place and are paid $10 per hour.

For more information you may visit us on the web at www.FridleyMN.gov/elections, email elections@FridleyMN.gov or call 763-572-3523.

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