State General/City Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Are You Registered to Vote?
Voters must be registered with their current name and address. Voters who have moved or changed their name since the last election must re-register. You can register or update your registration online. Registering online prior to Election Day is encouraged. You can also register or update your registration at your polling place or at an early voting location when you vote. You will need proof of residence to register at your polling place. Learn more about registering when you vote.
For additional information regarding voter registration, visit the Secretary of State's website.
However, we can only have 22 people in the lobby at a time, so make a plan early, bring a mask and be prepared to wait in line outside of City Hall. Stop by early and avoid having to wait in a line.
If you are returning an absentee ballot in person at City Hall, you do not need to wait in line - come directly into the lobby.
Voting Early By Mail
You can apply for an absentee ballot on the Secretary of State’s website or you can complete an absentee ballot application form (PDF). Your completed absentee ballot application can be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person to Lakeville City Hall.
If you have already applied for a General Election ballot, it will be mailed to you as soon as ballots become available.
If you applied for an absentee ballot online, you can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.
For your ballot to count, remember this important information:
- Read the instructions that come with your ballot.
- Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.
- Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by the city within the next seven calendar days (November 10). Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You may also drop off your ballot envelope in person at City Hall during regular business hours and no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else. You may not drop off your absentee ballot at your polling place on Election Day.
- Throughout the media there is so much talk about the different ways to vote. So, what is the difference between early voting and absentee voting?
- How would I request a ballot for myself, or for a family member, prior to Election Day?
- How early can I request a ballot by mail? How soon can I come into City Hall to vote early in person?
- For those residents requesting their ballot by mail closer to Election Day, what would you say is a good deadline to request their ballot?
- Why do I need to complete the application form when I don’t need to do that at my precinct on Election Day?
- If I have already requested a ballot to be mailed, how soon should I expect to see it in my mailbox?
- If my family doesn’t trust the U.S Postal System to return our ballots in time, what other options do we have?
- If using USPS, Fed Ex, or UPS to send my ballot back, when is a good deadline to get the ballot in the mail so you can receive it in time?
- What is the deadline for dropping a ballot off at City Hall?
- When voting in person at city hall, sometimes I place my ballot in an envelope and sometimes I feed it directly into the ballot counter. Why is there a difference?
- Lakeville municipality has some unique boundaries with different City/County lines. Please explain where I should go or who I should contact to request an absentee ballot.