2018 ISD 197 Election
For information regarding the May 8, 2018 ISD 197 School Special Election, please click here
2018 Election Dates


State Primary - Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

General Election - Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Notice of Filings for City Offices

Affidavits of candidacy for the city offices can be filed with the city clerk at the Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, MN 55118.  The filing period opens on July 31, 2018 and closes on August 14, 2018.   The city clerk’s office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The closing time on the last day of filing will be 5:00 p.m.

Candidates for a city office must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, must be at least 21 years of age when assuming office, and must be a resident of Mendota Heights for at least thirty days prior to the election.

The 2018 General Election ballot will include the Mendota Heights city offices of mayor and two council members.  The term of office for mayor is two years.  The term of office for a councilmember is four years.

Register to vote

Voters are encouraged to pre-register so your name appears on the list of voters at the polls.

You may Register to Vote On-Line or you may fill out a paper Voter's Registration Application and mail it back.   

 To register, a person must be:

  •  A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • Not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Voters can also register at their polling place on Election Day if they miss the pre-registration date.  Click here for the identification required and options for registering on Election Day.

Legislative Districts

Federal, State and County
Districts in Mendota Heights:

  • Dakota County Commissioner District 3, all precincts
  • Minnesota House District 52A, precincts 1, 2, and 3
  • Minnesota House District 52B, precincts 4 and 5
  • Minnesota Senate District 52 , all precincts
  • U.S. Congressional District 2, all precincts
Precinct Map for Mendota Heights
Campaign Financial Reports

Candidates filing for municipal office are required to file a campaign financial report with the City Clerk within 14 days after the candidate receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year.  In a year when the candidate's name appears on the ballot, additional reports are due as follows:

  • 10 days before the primary election
  • 10 days before the general election
  • 30 days after a general election
  • by January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed.

A final report may be filed any time after the candidate, committee, or corporation has settled all debts and disposed of all assets in excess of $100 in aggregate.

See the Campaign Finance Reports  (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 211A.02)

Voting Absentee

You can vote by casting an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day, instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are ready 46 days before an election. Any voter may vote absentee. Important: You do not need to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot. If you are not registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Registration Application with your absentee ballot.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

• In-Person:

Residents wishing to vote absentee in person can obtain a ballot from the following locations:

     * Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

       * Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul, MN  55118

      * Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN  55124

     * Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN  55033


• On-Line:

Voters can Request an Absentee Ballot Online. Election officials will mail a ballot to the voter a few days after they receive and process the online application.


• Mail:

Voters can request an absentee ballot by mailing or faxing a paper Absentee Ballot Application to their local election office. Election officials will mail a ballot to the voter a few days after they receive and process the application.


 Returning an Absentee Ballot

Once a voter receives their ballot in the mail, they should follow the instructions carefully. Voters need to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. To return their absentee ballot, a voter can:

•Mail it in the prepaid envelope that came with the ballot.  The ballot must arrive back on or before Election Day. Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. If a voter is concerned that their ballot will not arrive in time by U.S. Mail, they may pay for package delivery service.

•Drop it off in person to the election office that sent the absentee ballot. Election offices accept absentee ballots in person until 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. Do not return your absentee ballot to the voting precinct.

Where do I go to vote?
Visit the Secretary of State's Polling Place Finder to find your polling place.
Become an Election Judge

Election judges are essential to our democracy. Election judges are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the elections process and is a great service to our community.

Duties of an Election Judge include:

      Set up the polling place

      Operate voting equipment

      Direct voters to the correct line

      Register individuals to vote

      Ensure all qualified voters are permitted to vote

      Demonstrate how to vote

      Distribute ballots to voters

      Assist voters

      Close down polling place following voting

      Determine results after polls close

      Certify the polling place results

Required Qualifications to be an Election Judge:

      You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota

      You must be able to read, write, and speak English

      You cannot be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct at   the same time

      You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot in that precinct

 Student Eligibility:

College students at least 18-years-old may serve as election judges

High school students 16-years-old and older may serve as trainee election judges

 Desired Qualifications of an Election Judge:

      Ability to communicate clearly with voters

      Comfortable with assisting and serving a diverse population

      Ability to remain impartial and not exert influence over voters

      Physical and emotional stamina

      Attention to detail

      General math skills

      Fluency in a second language 

 Time Off From Employment to Serve:

      You may take time off from work to be an election judge.

      You must give your employer at least 20 days written notice, and you must attach the hour/pay rate form you will receive from the township board or city council that appoints you to the notice.

      Your employer may reduce your salary/wages by the amount you are paid as an election judge during the time you are away from work.

      Your employer may restrict the number of its employees serving as election judges to no more than 20 percent at a single work site. 

 All appointments are made by the city council and occur at least 25 days before an election. In even years, most appointments will occur about three months before the primary. If appointed, you must attend the mandatory election judge training.

Serving as an Election Judge:

      Election judges may be asked to serve in the precinct where they live or elsewhere in the city.

      Election judges are assigned to work with several other election judges in a polling place.

      Election judges serve for the Primary and/or General Election day.  Most judges serve both elections. 

      Election judges may be asked to serve during a special election.

For additional information on becoming an election judge, please contact Lorri Smith, City Clerk at the City of Mendota Heights at (651) 452-1850.


Campaign Signs
The City regulates campaign signs.  View the campaign sign regulations.
Who should I contact with further questions?

The city clerk administers all election regulations and processes for the city.  


Lorri Smith, City Clerk          Direct Dial: 651.255.1138 or  lorris@mendota-heights.com

Nancy Bauer, Secretary        City Phone: 651.452.1850 or nancyb@mendota-heights.com