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What to expect for 2013 Minneapolis elections

Jan. 28, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) The new year brings a municipal election in Minneapolis. That means the November election will include races for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate or Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. There are a number of important election-related dates and deadlines that have been set for next year.

Candidate filing for the 2013 Minneapolis municipal election begins Tuesday, July 30 and runs through Tuesday, August 13. Individuals running for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board can file for candidacy Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, 350 South 5th Street – Room 1B on the ground floor. Candidate filing closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 13. The deadline for withdrawal is 5 p.m. Thursday, August 15. Candidate filings will be posted daily on the City of Minneapolis website,

Elections for all Minneapolis City Offices are non-partisan. The General Election is Nov. 5, 2013.

Minneapolis municipal election will use Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

The 2013 municipal elections will be conducted using the voting system called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). This change is the result of a referendum that voters passed in 2006, and was first implemented in 2009. Ranked Choice Voting combines the municipal Primary and the General Election into one event, so there is no Primary in 2013. In Ranked Choice Voting, voters can also mark a different 2nd and 3rd choice candidate on the same ballot, in the columns just to the right of a voter’s first choice.

Additional details on the 2013 Election Calendar, how to file for office, and on the Minneapolis Ranked Choice Voting method will be published as they become available.

Who represents me in the City of Minneapolis?

Beginning in 2012, voters used the new voting precincts that were set by the 2012 Redistricting Plan. Although Wards and Districts saw changes in their borders under redistricting, current city elected officials continue to represent the Ward or District from which they were elected through 2013. Here's what voters need to know:

For further information

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit the website at or call Minneapolis 311 or (612) 673-3000. TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.



Published Jan 28, 2013



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