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.

Precinct Locations

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 Learning Center, 2400 Sandburg Lane
  • 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:

Registering On Election Day

If you did not register before Election Day, use any of the following proof of residence options to register at your polling place.

Option 1: ID With Current Name and Address

Accepted IDs:

  • Valid Minnesota Driver’s license, Minnesota Learner’s permit Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these.
  • A Tribal ID card with name, address, photo, and signature

Option 2: Photo ID Plus a Document With Current Name and Address

The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device (smartphone, etc).

  • Accepted photo IDs (choose one):
    • Driver’s license, state ID card, or learner’s permit issued by any state.
    • United States passport
    • United States Military ID card
    • Tribal ID card with the name, signature, and photo of voter
    • Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID card
    • Minnesota high school ID card
  • Accepted documents (choose one):
    • residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
    • current student fee statement
    • bill, account, or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
      • phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc)
      • TV (cable, satellite, etc)
      • Internet services
      • solid waste or sewer services
      • electric, gas or water
      • banking or credit card
      • rent or mortgage payments

Option 3: Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others.

Option 4: College Student ID (If a Student Housing List Was Provided)

A college student can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Option 5: Valid Registration in the Same Precinct

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address – no additional documentation is needed.

Option 6: Notice of Late Registration

If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register.

Option 7: Staff Person of a Residential Facility

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address.


Absentee Voting

  • Who can vote absentee?
  • Applying To Vote Absentee
  • Absentee Voting Laws

Under a new state law, voters no longer have to state a specified reason in order to receive and cast an absentee ballot.

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

Absentee ballots are available during the 46 days prior to Election Day (September 18 to November 2).

Absentee Voting Hours (General)

Location: Golden Valley City Hall, 2nd floor, 7800 Golden Valley Rd

  • Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Absentee Voting Hours (Extended)

Location: Golden Valley City Hall, 2nd floor, 7800 Golden Valley Rd

  • Saturday, Oct 31, 10 am-3 pm
  • Monday, Nov 2, 8 am-5pm

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). Coming to City Hall to vote absentee saves the City $1.38 in postage per ballot and saves you having to find a witness.

Online: You may apply for an absentee ballot online. The ballot will be mailed by Hennepin County once your completed application is received.

By Mail: Download an absentee ballot application and send the completed form to Hennepin County Elections - PSL012, Government Center, 300 6th St S, Minneapolis, MN 55487, or fax to 612-348-2151, or email to Your ballot will be mailed within a day or two of your application being received.

Apply early to ensure enough time for you to receive the ballot and get it back to City Hall before Election Day.

[Check the status of your absentee ballot.]

Military & Overseas Voters

If you are in the military or residing overseas, there is a different process for applying and voting by absentee ballot. Visit the Hennepin County website for more information

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