Direct Balloting For Nov 3 Election Begins Oct 27
October 21, 2020
Eligible voters can apply for, vote, and deposit their absentee ballot into a ballot counter when absentee voting in person at City Hall Oct 27–Nov 2. Voting machines will record votes as they are turned in but will not report results until after polls close on Election Day, Nov 3.
City Hall is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm, and will be open for early voting Saturday, Oct 31, 10 am-3 pm, and Monday, Nov 2, until 5 pm.
Please note, voters who received their absentee ballot by mail cannot deposit the completed ballot into a ballot counter. Voters who were mailed a ballot can either turn in their envelope at City Hall or mail it back in the postage paid return envelope that was sent with their mailed materials.
The voting process will look slightly different as the City is asking voters to adhere to health and safety guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health (see below). Voters should know wait times are expected to be longer while absentee voting at City Hall and on election day as social distancing measures will be taken and building capacity restrictions will be in place.
- Per State mandate, face coverings or masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces, including when waiting outside to enter. This mandate applies to all polling places, including City Hall.
- Voters must keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance from others while in line to vote and while waiting outside to enter the polling place.
- Upon entering, voters are encouraged to use provided hand sanitizer.
- While inside, voters are asked to follow signage and City staff direction, to keep traffic flowing properly.
- When exiting, voters are asked to follow signage to avoid contact with other voters entering the building. Where necessary, barriers will be used to divide foot traffic lanes.
- Upon exiting, voters are encouraged to use provided hand sanitizer.
These same health and safety guidelines will also be in place on election day, Nov 3.
Complete information about voting in Golden Valley is available on the City website.