ELECTION INFORMATION, ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND VOTING CITY CENTER HOURS:
The 2020 State and City Primary Election will be held August 11, 2020, in the City of Hutchinson. The polling place for all City precincts is located at the Recreation Center, 900 Harrington Street. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.
Absentee ballots are available for all eligible voters beginning June 26, 2020, through August 10, 2020, during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at Hutchinson City Center, 111 Hassan St. S.E. Special Saturday hours are set to allow people to vote absentee at the Hutchinson City Center on Saturday, August 8, 2020, from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and absentee voting hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2020.
Notice of Filing
Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the City of Hutchinson, Minnesota, who may desire to be a candidate for City Office at the General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The offices listed below will be voted on. If three or more candidates should file for one office, a primary election will be held August 11, 2020. Qualified candidates must file an affidavit of candidacy with Melissa Starke, Election Official for the City of Hutchinson (or designee), accompanied by a filing fee of $20.00, between May 19, 2020, and June 2, 2020. Affidavits of Candidacy will be accepted during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at the Hutchinson City Center, 111 Hassan Street SE, Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350 and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020. Note: Filing offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day. For questions related to filing, please contact Melissa Starke at (320) 234-4202 or by Email.
Offices to be filled are as follows:
COUNCIL SEAT #3 – four year term
COUNCIL SEAT #4 – four year term
MAYOR – two year term
This is in accordance with the provisions of Minnesota State Statute 205.13 as amended.
The following individuals have filed for City Council seats as follows:
Gary T Forcier
*COUNCIL MEMBER SEAT 3
COUNCIL MEMBER SEAT 4
Jared R. Golde
*Council Member Seat 3 candidates will proceed to the Primary Election in August to narrow the candidates to two. Council Member Seat 3, along with Council Member Seat 4 and Mayor, will then proceed to the General Election in November.
Will all parties participate in the PNP?
No, only major parties will participate.
Will all parties be on the same ballot?
No, each major party will have a separate ballot.
Will any other offices be on the ballot?
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the PNP ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
How do I select a party?
On Election Day, an election judge will help you select a party on the poll book. Absentee voters will select a party on their application. You must select a party to vote.
Who will know what party I selected and how I voted?
A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list of who voted in a PNP and the political party each voter selected will be provided to the chair of each major political party. How a voter voted on the ballot will be a secret.
How will I be able to vote in the PNP?
Vote at your normal voting location on Tuesday, March 3 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. or by absentee ballot in the 46 days before the PNP (starting January 17, 2020). A voter must request the ballot of the party of their choice. If a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the PNP.
Will there still be precinct caucuses?
Yes, precinct caucuses will still be held February 25 for all other elected offices and to conduct other party business.
August 11, 2020 – Primary Election
Absentee Voting Begins June 26, 2020
November 3, 2020 – General Election
Absentee Voting Begins September 18, 2020
Minnesota voting information is available on state web sites.
Click on the links provided. These sites can assist you with voting information, registering to vote, finding your polling place, as well as your city precinct, US and Minnesota House Representatives, and Minnesota Senate Representative.
Polling Place Finder Link
Find your polling place and your district and precinct information.
District Finder Link
Find your representatives and provides contact information.