Elections & Voting Guide



Every election, Columbus relies upon Election Judges, also known as Poll Workers, to carry out election procedures and make sure that voters' rights are protected. It is an excellent opportunity to serve your community performing an essential part of democracy and learn about elections.

Election Judges and Election Judge Trainees (people 16 or 17 years old) are temporary, paid positions starting at $12 per hour that require a minimum of two hours of online training. Employers are required to give employees time off to work as an election judge, and students in good academic standing with permission from their school and parents are eligible to serve in the county in which they reside.



Election results can be found on the Secretary of State's website. The Columbus City Council will hold a Board of Canvas meeting on November 13, 2024, to officially certify the results of Columbus' local election.


August 13, 2024: State Primary Election

    • Absentee Voting Opens Friday, June 28
    • Direct Balloting Opens Friday, July 26
    • Saturday Voting Hours August 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Extended Voting Hours Monday, August 12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 5, 2024:  General Election

    • Absentee Voting Opens Friday, September 20
    • Direct Balloting Opens Friday, October 18
    • Saturday Voting Hours October 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Extended Voting Hours Tuesday, October 29 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Saturday Voting Hours November 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Sunday Voting Hours November 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Extended Voting Hours Monday, November 4 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



  • Voting on Election Day takes place at 16345 Kettle River Blvd., Columbus - Public Works Maintenance Building 
  • Curbside voting is available for anyone unable to leave their vehicle. Call 651-464-3120 ext.1010 to make arrangements.
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

 FIRST STEP - Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote!

If you have never voted in Columbus, have changed your name, or moved, or have not voted within the last four years, you need to register to vote. To save time, do this before Election Day.

Unsure if you are registered?  You can check your voter registration status at the Minnesota Secretary of State Website:  Follow the link and enter your name, date of birth, and address, and the site will indicate whether you are currently registered.

 If you are not registered, you may register:

  1. Online (recommended): Visit the Secretary of State's Website to register.  You will need either your Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota identification card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number.  
  2. Using paper forms:  Voter registration forms are available at Columbus City Hall, on the City’s website, or from the Elections Department at the Anoka County Government Center. They are also available where you apply for, renew, or change your Minnesota Driver License or ID card.
Alternately, you may download the registration form from the Secretary of State's Website. Forms can be printed in English and other languages. Mail or drop off your application at:
  1. On Election Day: You can register or update registration when you vote at the City of Columbus Public Works Building on Election Day. You will need proof of residence to register. Voter turnout is expected to be heavy on Election Day. Your voter information will be entered by an elections official on the same Secretary of State website that you would use to register yourself. For these reasons, we highly recommend registering yourself online prior to Election Day.

Register Early!  Registration temporarily closes 20 days before Election Day (October 18), and reopens on Election Day for voters to register at their polling place.



You are Eligible to Vote if You:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days preceding Election Day
  • Have finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • Are not under court-ordered guardianship or have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law