Voting Information

The City Clerk's office is responsible for election administration in Lakeville.

Upcoming Elections


Minnesota State Primary Election: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Minnesota State General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018


For information regarding voter registration, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Candidate Filing


Candidate filing is the process through which candidates have their names placed on the ballot. The City Clerk is the filing officer. Candidates for Mayor and Council Member must file during a two-week filing period, July 31 through August 14, 2018. Candidates must be eligible to vote, 21 years of age upon assuming office and must be a resident of Lakeville for 30 days before the general election.

A candidate for City office must file an affidavit of candidacy with the city clerk. Affidavits must be signed, notarized and delivered in person to the City Clerk during the filing period. A $5 filing fee must be paid. The name placed on the ballot is the candidate’s true name or the name by which the candidate is commonly and generally known in the community.

A candidate may withdraw from participation in the election by filing an affidavit of withdrawal with the filing officer. The affidavit authorizes removal of the candidate’s name from the ballot. The filing fee is non-refundable. Candidates have until 5 p.m. on August 16, 2018 to withdraw.

For additional information on candidate filing, contact the City Clerk’s office at 952-985-4404.

Absentee Voting


Absentee ballots for the August 14, 2018 State Primary Election will be available at City Hall beginning Friday, June 29.  

Each person must apply for themselves. It is a felony to make a false statement in an application for an absentee ballot, to attempt to cast an illegal ballot or to help anyone to cast an illegal ballot.

Return the completed Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) to City of Lakeville Elections. Your absentee ballot materials will be mailed to the address indicated on the application. You may also submit an online application, which is located on the Secretary of State’s website.

Voters may cast an absentee ballot in person at City Hall beginning June 29. City offices are open for absentee voting during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall will also be open for absentee voting on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For additional information on absentee voting, including military and overseas voting, visit the Secretary of State’s website.