Elections & Voting

Elections & Voting


The next presidential primary will be on March 5, 2024.

Click here for more information about upcoming elections.

2024 Primary Election: August 13, 2024
2024 General Election: November 5, 2024

Become an Election Judge
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Election judges staff local polling places during the primary and general elections. You can earn money, meet your neighbors, and help ensure that elections are administered fairly. For information on becoming an Election Judge, contact Deb at City Hall: 235-4913


Polling Places
The City of Willmar has 12 polling locations within the 4 city wards. Voters are required to vote in the precinct where they legally reside. A Ward and Polling Place Map helps citizens locate the ward in which they live.

Know where to vote
You can also locate your precinct and polling location by using the MN Secretary of State's precinct finder.

You can find out information on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website concerning Absentee Voting or contact the Kandiyohi County Auditor's Office at 320-231-6202.

Register to vote
You must be registered to vote. 

View Sample Ballot
Visit mnvotes.org to view a sample ballot, search for candidate filings, and more. The sample ballot shows a list of the candidates and ballot questions you'll be voting on. Information is posted about 45 days before an election. A sample ballot is not available for all local elections. You may need to contact the local government (city, town, or school district) holding the election.   



Election and campaign rules
Any eligible person may become a candidate by filing an Affidavit of Candidacy form with the City Clerk at the City Offices Building located at 333 SW 6th Street in Willmar. A fee of five ($5.00) dollars is to be paid at the time of filing. Due to COVID-19, the City asks that you complete the online form, print it, have notarized it, include a check for $5.00, and place it in our "After Hours Drop Box" located on the Southside of the City Office Building or mail it to the above address. Download the Municipal Election and Campaign Manual for more information. 

Political Signs
Per State Statute, political signs can be any size or number.  Be sure to place signs on private property (yards) and not in the public right-of-way (boulevards). Generally, public right-of-way begins at the street and extends a few feet beyond the sidewalk.  If signs are placed on a corner lot, be sure not to place them so they obscure vision. All signs may be posted 46 days before the State Primary in a State General Election year and should be removed no later than 10 days following the State General Election.