Voting & Elections

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Election Day

First Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Polls are open from 7 am and 8 pm.


Municipal (City) Elections

Golden Valley holds municipal elections in odd-numbered years and does not hold municipal primary elections. The City’s five elected officials include a Mayor (four-year term) and four Council Members (four-year terms are staggered so only two members are elected at each municipal election). Council Members serve at large and represent the entire city. All offices are nonpartisan.

Running For City Office

Persons interested in running for City Council for the 2013 municipal election are able to file for office with the City Clerk in the upper level of City Hall starting July 30, 2013 (office hours: 8 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday). Filing closes Aug 13, 2013, at 5 pm. Candidates who file for office have until Aug 15 at 5 pm to withdraw from the election.

Offices up for election in 2013 are:

  • two council members for a term of four years commencing Jan 1 2014 and expiring Dec 31, 2017
  • one council member to fill a vacancy for a term of two years commencing after the Canvassing Board meeting in Nov 2013 and expiring Dec 31, 2015 (special election)

Requirements

To register for public office in the City of Golden Valley, candidates must:

  • live in the city of Golden Valley and be a qualified voter therein
  • be 21 years of age or older upon assuming office
  • have established residency in the City at least 30 days before election day
  • not have filed for any other office in the current election
  • pay a $5 filing fee or present a petition with the signatures of eligible voters in lieu of the filing fee (Minnesota Statute 204B.07-204B.11)
  • file a personal financial disclosure with the Golden Valley Elections and Voter Registration Office within 14 calendar days of filing their candidacy (candidates receive a packet on campaign reporting requirements and financial disclosure reporting requirements when they file for office)
  • provide information requested by the City that will be made available to the public.

More Information


State and Federal Elections

State and Federal elections are held in even-numbered years. Primary elections are held for State and Federal elections, on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in August.