Election

City elections are held on even numbered years and held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  There is not a Primary held for City offices.  Polling place hours for voting are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Deputy City Clerk is responsible for conducting the local, state and federal elections held within the city limits of Redwood Falls.  The elected officials for the City of Redwood Falls are as follows with office terms of four years:
(current City Council Members)

  • Mayor   (Salary of $500/month)
  • First Ward Council Member  (Salary of $400/month)
  • Second Ward Council Member  (Salary of $400/month)
  • Third Ward Council Member  (Salary of $400/month)
  • Council Member at Large – Two positions  (Salary of $400/month)

Individuals who are eligible and desire to become a candidate must file an Affidavit of Candidacy during the filing period as set by the State of Minnesota during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) at City Hall located at 333 South Washington Street.  The filing fee is $10.

Qualifications For Filing For A Council Position

  • Is an eligible voter within the City of Redwood Falls.
  • Has no other affidavit on file as a candidate for any office at the same election.
  • Is, or will be upon assuming office, 21 years of age or more, and will have maintained residence within the city limits of Redwood Falls for 30 days before the election. Residency requirement, for ward an individual is to represent, must be met by the end of the filing period.
  • May not be a full-time, permanent employee of the City.

Where do I vote – What Ward am I?

All residents living within the City limits of Redwood Falls vote at the Redwood Area Community Center, 901 Cook Street, in Redwood Falls.

Hours for voting are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting location information specific to your address can be found at the Secretary of State’s Website at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

Absentee Voting

You may find that you are unable to get to your polling place location on Election Day but still want to vote in an election.  In Minnesota, citizens are allowed to vote absentee for the following most common reasons:

  • Absence from your precinct
  • Illness or disability
  • Service as an election judge in another precinct
  • Religious discipline or religious holiday or observance

In-person Absentee Voting

You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit at the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office located 403 South Mill Street, Redwood Falls.  Starting 46 days before the election, you can vote in person during these periods:

  • Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The Last Saturday before Election Day on November 5 from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.
  • The day before the Election on November 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office. Contact the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer for more information at 507-637-4013.

Voting Absentee by Mail

  • Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness must be another registered Minnesota voter, or a notary from any state.
    • If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.
  • Return the ballot on or before Election Day. Delivery options:
    • Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer.  The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
    • Deliver it in-person to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer the absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
    • Have someone else return your ballot before 3 p.m. on Election Day to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer.  This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.
    • You may not hand deliver your own absentee ballot on Election Day.

Read the privacy disclaimer about absentee ballot application data.

Election Day Registration

Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at the polling on Election Day.  You will be required to provide proof of residency, when registering on Election Day.  You can check the Secretary of State’s website to see if you are registered at your current address at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/voterstatus.aspx.  Registrations (new or change in address or name) can take place prior to Election Day by completing a registration card and mailing it to the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer at PO Box 130, Redwood Falls, MN  56283 or leaving it off at their office in the County Government Center in Redwood Falls.  Registration forms are available at the Secretary of State’s website.

Identification

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 a receipt for any of these
  • Tribal ID card with your 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

  • Driver’s license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military or Veteran ID
    Tribal ID with the name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID
  • Minnesota high school ID

Accepted Documents

(Can be shown on electronic device)

    • 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, sewer, electric, gas or water
    • Banking or credit card
    • Rent or mortgage
    • Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day
    • Current student fee statement

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.  This is known as ‘vouching’.  A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters.  You cannot vouch for others if someone vouched for you.

Option 4: College Student ID—If a Student Housing List Was Provided
College students 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 are registered in the precint but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election judge your previous name or address.

Option 6: Notice of Late Registration
If you registered to vote within 20 days of election, you may get a Notice of Late Registration in the mail.  Bring it with you and use it as your proof of residence 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.  This is known as ‘vouching’.  A staff person can vouch for all elegible voters living in the facility.

The staff person must prove their employment at the facility.  There are several ways to do this, including by showing an employee badge.

Need Help?

Call the Minnesota Secretary of State at 1-877-600 VOTE (8683) or contact the Redwood County Election Office at 507-637-4013.

Canvassing November 8, 2016 Election

Campaign Financial Reports

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, the City will post all campaign financial reports received from candidates for City office. The reports will be posted within 30 days of receipt from the candidate. The reports will remain on the City’s website for four years from the date of posting.

Click on the candidates name to see a copy of the report:

2016 Campaign Financial Report for Larry Arentson – posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for John Buckley – posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Paul DeBlieck – posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Jon Markuson – posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Matthew Smith – posted 11/22/16

2014 Campaign Finance Report for Paul DeBlieck – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Bob Van Hee – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Corey Theis – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Jim Sandgren – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Pam Prouty – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Cindy LaBrie – posted 11/14/2014
2014 Campaign Finance Report for Larry Kreckow – posted 11/14/2014

Further Questions

More specific information can be found at the Secretary of State’s Office website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us  or call City Hall at 507-637-5755.

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