Welcome to the elections and voter information page for the City of Baxter.

2018 Primary Election

The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

2018 General Election

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Where Do I Go To Vote?

Visit the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Finder to find your polling place.  A map of the City’s precincts and polling locations can be found here:  2018 Voting Precincts Map

Voters in the P2W Precinct will no longer vote at Forestview Middle School.  Due to safety concerns, ISD 181 asked the City of Baxter to find an alternate location to conduct elections.  Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 6284 Fairview Road, was willing to allow the City to conduct elections in their facility and the facility met all of the requirements to be a polling location.  Beginning with the August 14, 2018 Primary Election, voters in the P2W Precinct will now vote at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.  The remaining polling locations remain unchanged.  The other polling locations include: P1W Baxter City Hall, P1E Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and P2E Heritage Church.

Qualifications for Voting

You may register and vote in Minnesota on the next Election Day if you:
• will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
• are a citizen of the United States
• will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
• have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
• are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
• have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote, you may go to the Crow Wing County Auditor’s office for a registration card or stop in at Baxter City Hall to get one.

Candidates for City Offices

Generally, a candidate for elective office must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A qualified voter in the state of Minnesota
  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 21 years of age on the date they would take office
  • A resident of the City of Baxter for 30 days before the election.

Any person eligible to hold elective office in the City of Baxter may file an affidavit of candidacy at Baxter City Hall and pay the $15 fee during the filing period of July 31, 2018 through August 14, 2018.

Campaign Finance Reports For Candidates for City Officers

Under Minnesota Statute 211A.02, candidates, committees, and corporations that receive and/or spend more than $750 in a calendar year must file a campaign finance report.  If a person does not receive or spend $750 or more, no report is required.

Per Minnesota Statute 211A.02, Subd. 6, campaign finance reports for local candidates will be made available on this website for four years after they have been filed with the City Clerk’s office.

Information on campaign finance reports is public and will be posted as they are received.

Become an Election Judge

Election judges are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place on Election Day.  Serving as an election judge is a great opportunity to serve our community and to be involved in the election process.

Election Judge Requirements

  • You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English
  • You must complete a training session
  • Must not be the spouse; parent, including a stepparent; child, including a stepchild; or sibling, including a stepsibling, of any other judge in the same precinct or of any candidate.
  • Must not be domiciled, either permanently or temporarily, with any candidate on the ballot at that election.
  • Must not be a candidate for elective office in the same election.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in serving in the August 14, 2018 Primary Election and November 6, 2018 General Election, please complete the Election Judge Application.  Send your completed application to: City of Baxter Elections, 13190 Memorywood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425 or email to ksteele@baxtermn.gov.

2018 Election Judge Application