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Municipal Elections
City Clerk

6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Ph: (763) 569-3306
Fx: (763) 569-3494

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The municipal general election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. In the event more than twice the number of persons to be elected to a municipal office file for the nomination thereof, there shall be a municipal primary election, which shall be held on the second Tuesday in August.

Polling Times
The polls at all municipal elections are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.

Filing for Municipal Office
At least two (2) weeks prior to the first day of filing an Affidavit of Candidacy, the City Clerk shall cause to be published in the official newspaper a notice of filing for municipal office.  The notice of filing shall designate the officer to be elected, the period during which affidavits of candidacy may be filed, and the time and place for filing such affidavits.  Not more than 84 days nor less than 70 days before the municipal primary election any person who is eligible and desires to become a candidate for a municipal office shall file an Affidavit of Candidacy with the City Clerk.  The affidavit shall be substantially the same form as required of candidates for state offices.  Upon receiving a completed Affidavit of Candidacy and the payment of a filing fee of $25 by a potential candidate or filing by by the petition of 50 registered voters on behalf of the candidate, the clerk shall certify the eligibility of the candidate and place the name of the candidate on the election ballot without partisan designation.

Assistance to Persons with Disabilities
All polling locations have accessible voting stations for persons with disabilities and an AutoMARK assistive voting device. Voters who are unable to enter the polling place may, with the assistance of two election judges of different political parties, vote without leaving their vehicle. Absentee voting is also available.

Absentee Voting
Any eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot.

Time Off to Vote
Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

Campaign Signs
Portable and freestanding political signs may be erected without a sign permit for a period of not more than sixty (60) days before and ten (10) days after an election provided no one sign is greater than sixteen (16) square feet in area, except that there shall be no limitation on the size of campaign or other noncommercial signs during the period from forty-six (46) days before the state primary in a state general election year until ten (10) days following the state general election.  Freestanding campaign signs may be installed only upon private property with the permission of the property owner who shall be responsible for removal thereof.  The candidate whose candidacy is promoted by an improperly placed or otherwise illegal campaign sign shall be held responsible therefor.  Signs must be at least ten (10) feet back from the back of the curb or improved edge of a roadway and at least two (2) feet back from the improved edge of a trail or sidewalk and outside of the sight triangle defined in Section 35-560 (see definition below).

Sign posters that are tacked or posted on trees, fences, utility poles, or other such supports are prohibited.

Section 35-560.  VISIBILITY AT INTERSECTIONS.  In order to preserve and promote the public safety, nothing shall be erected, placed, planted, maintained, or allowed to grow on a corner lot in any district in such a manner as materially to impede vision between a height of two and one-half feet and 10 feet above the centerline grades of the intersection streets in the triangle bounded by the property lines of such corner lot and a straight line joining points on such property lines 25 feet from their intersection of the property lines.