2020 Election Information
General Election Results
Dakota County maintains election results for City, County, State and Congressional offices.
2020 City and General Election Dates
|Jan. 17||Absentee Balloting for Presidential Nominating Primary begins|
|Feb. 25||Precinct Caucuses|
|Mar 3||Presidential Nominating Primary Election Day|
|May 19||Candidate filing opens|
|June 2||Candidate filing closes (5 p.m.)|
|June 26||Absentee Balloting for Primary begins|
|Aug. 11||Primary Election Day|
|Sept. 18||Absentee Voting for General Election begins|
|Oct. 27||In-person Direct Balloting for General Election begins|
|Nov. 2||Absentee voting and in-person direct balloting for General Election ends|
|Nov. 3||General Election Day|
Get Ready to Vote
- Register to vote (Early registration [20 days prior] will help to avoid long lines at the polls)
- Update your voter registration
(Required for address or name change)
- Check to see if you’re registered to vote
- Preview a sample ballot
In-Person Voting on Election Day
If you wish to vote in person on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 there are only a few things you need to know:
- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Find your polling/voting location
- In Minnesota, you can register to vote or update your voter registration at your polling location on Election Day
- Learn what you need to bring to register on Election Day
Vote In-Person Before Election Day
Any Minnesota voter can apply to vote early in-person.
- Burnsville residents can apply and vote in-person at Burnsville City Hall during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applications are available at City Hall.
- You will receive a ballot on-site to vote
- Direct balloting starts one week before election day where voters can place their ballot directly into the ballot counter to be counted immediately
Any Minnesota voter may apply to have an absentee ballot sent to them – no reason needs to be given and the voter is not required to be out of their precinct on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at Burnsville City Hall. There are only a few steps to take when voting absentee:
- Request an absentee ballot at www.mnvotes.org
- Once you have your ballot, carefully read the included instructions on how to complete the ballot
- Due to COVID-19, registered voters are not required to have a witness sign their ballot. Non-registered voters will still need a witness to indicate their proof of residence
- Return the ballot to the Ballot Dropbox or mail the ballot back as soon as possible. It will be opened and counted within a week prior to Election Day
Ballots must be received by Election Day, Nov. 3, in order to be counted. This change is due to a decision made by the 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals on Oct. 29. Hand delivered or Ballot Dropbox ballots will be received at Burnsville City Hall until 3 p.m. on Election Day.