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Election 101: What you need to know for Nov. 6

Three positions on the Woodbury City Council will be filled Tuesday, Nov. 6, when voters cast ballots in the state general election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the city's 16 precincts.

View a list of candidates and campaign finance reports

In addition to the city positions, the November ballot includes the gubernatorial race, as well as contests for U.S. senator, U.S. representative for District 4, state representatives for District 53A and 53B, secretary of state, state auditor, state attorney general, county commissioner for Districts 2 and 4, county sheriff, county attorney, Supreme Court justices and judges for the Court of Appeals and District Court.

Polling sites
Polling sites for the general election are the same as those used in the August primary. If have questions about your precinct and/or polling site, use the Secretary of State's online polling place finder or call City Hall at (651) 714-3500.

Absentee voting
Absentee voting for the general election began Sept. 21 and continues through Monday, Nov. 5.

Voters may vote in person at any of the following Washington County Service Centers:

  • Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury
  • Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove
  • Headwaters Service Center, 19955 Forest Road North, Forest Lake
  • Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater
  • Oakdale City Hall, Hadley Room, 1584 Hadley Avenue North, Oakdale
Please note: the Woodbury Service Center is a very busy absentee voting location and voters may receive more prompt service from the Cottage Grove Service Center or Stillwater Government Center.

Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional hours will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 

5 p.m.

Beginning Oct. 30 through Nov. 5, absentee voters at the Washington County service centers will be able to use a new voting process of inserting their ballots directly into a ballot counting machine.

Absentee voters are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the period (Sept. 21 to Nov. 5) for absentee voting. Absentee voters waiting to vote the last week of the absentee voting period may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait.

Voters also may vote absentee by mail. Call (651) 430-6175 to have an absentee ballot application mailed. Voters also can complete an absentee ballot application online.

Registering to vote
To register to vote, an individual must be 18 years of age or older on the day of the election; a citizen of the United States; and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to the election. Pre-registration for the general election ends Oct. 16.

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Voters who have not pre-registered or who need to update their registration information may do so at their local polling site on Election Day, as long as they can provide proof of residence.

SWCTC: your local election resource
Be an informed voter by following along with the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission's (SWCTC) election coverage. SWCTC has candidate forums, profiles, and live coverage on Election Day.

Visit the Election Coverage page