Guide To Voting
General Voting Information
- Where to Vote
- Requirements to Vote
- Registering to Vote
The City is divided into eight precincts and two school districts.
- All precincts are in Congressional District 5.
- Precincts 1a, 2a, 4, 6, and 7b are in State Senate District 45 and State Legislative District 45B.
- Precincts 3c, 5c, and 8b are in State Senate District 46 and State Legislative District 46A.
- All precincts are in Hennepin County District 2.
Sample ballots for each precinct are available at the Minnesota Secretary of State Polling Place Locator.
On Election Day, you must vote in your own precinct. Use the Minnesota Secretary of State Polling Place Locator or find your precinct location below.
- Precinct 1a - NE Fire Station, 3700 Golden Valley Rd
- Precinct 2a - Valley Presbyterian Church, 3100 North Lilac Dr
- Precinct 3c - Meadowbrook School, 5430 Glenwood Ave
- Precinct 4 - LOGIS, 5750 Duluth St
- Precinct 5c - SE Fire Station, 400 Turners Crossroad S
- Precinct 6 - Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd
- Precinct 7b - Sandburg School, 2400 Sandburg Lane *New Location
- Precinct 8b - Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway
All voters 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
- maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
- not be under a court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes the right to vote
- have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
- have not been convicted of a felony without having civil rights restored
Once you are registered to vote, you need not register again unless you move, change your name, or do not vote for four years (check your voter registration status).
Registering In Advance
You may register to vote at any time except for the 20 days preceding an election. You may register by mail or in person by completing a Voter Registration Card, which are also available at City Hall and the Golden Valley Library.
You may also register directly with the county at the Hennepin County Government Center,
Registering On Election Day
You can register to vote on election day at your precinct voting site by bringing one of the following documents to verify your current address:
- valid Minnesota driver's license or permit (or receipt for either)
- valid Minnesota identification card (or receipt)
- notice of ineffective registration mailed to you from county auditor or city clerk
- photo ID card with a student fee statement
- a current utility bill, plus a photo identification card
You may also have a registered voter in your precinct confirm your residence.
- Who can vote absentee?
- Applying To Vote Absentee
- Absentee Voting Laws
Absentee voting is available for those who cannot get to their polling place on Election Day due to:
- absence from the precinct
- illness or disability
- religious observance
- service as an election judge in another precinct
To vote by absentee ballot, you must:
- be an eligible voter
- be a resident of the election precinct indicated by your legal residence address
- not intend to abandon this residence before election day
Absentee Voting Hours
Location: Golden Valley City Hall, 2nd floor, 7800 Golden Valley Rd
- Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Saturday, Nov 3, 10 am - 3 pm
- Monday, Nov 5, 8 am - 5pm
Mail in your application for absentee ballot or pick one up at City Hall starting 45 days before the election.
By Mail: If you apply for an absentee ballot by mail, apply early to ensure enough time for you to receive the ballot and get it back to City Hall before Election Day. Send completed applications to Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427, or fax to 763-593-3969. The ballot will be mailed as soon as the completed application is received. [Check the status of your absentee ballot.]
In Person: You may apply and vote at City Hall during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm), on the Saturday afternoon before the election (10 am - 3 pm), or on the Monday evening before the election (until 5 pm).
It is a felony to:
- make a false or untrue statement in an application for an absentee ballot
- apply for an absentee ballot more than once in an election with the intent to cast an illegal ballot
- exhibit a ballot marked by a person to another person
- violate an absentee ballot provision for the purpose of casting an illegal vote in a precinct
- assist anyone to cast an illegal vote
I Voted photo by Kate Sumbler