Voting & Elections

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Election Day

  • Election Day: Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm
    • General: Nov 5, 2019

Current candidate filings for the 2019 Municipal Election.

Election results will be posted to the Minnesota Secretary of State website and the Hennepin County website.

Municipal (City) Elections

Golden Valley holds municipal elections in odd-numbered years and does not hold municipal primary elections. The City’s five elected officials include a Mayor (four-year term) and four Council Members (four-year terms are staggered so only two members are elected at each municipal election). Council Members serve at large and represent the entire city. All offices are nonpartisan.

Important Dates For The 2019 Elections

  • Sept 20: Absentee voting begins at City Hall, 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Oct 15: Last day to pre-register to vote before the General Election
  • Oct 29: Direct Balloting begins at City Hall
  • Nov 2: Absentee voting available at City Hall, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Nov 4: Direct balloting closes at 5 pm
  • Nov 5: General Election Day (polls open 7 am - 8 pm)

+ Running For City Office

Persons interested in running for City Council for the 2019 municipal election are able to file for office with the City Clerk in the upper level of City Hall starting July 30, 2019 (office hours: 8 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday). Filing closes Aug 13, 2019, at 5 pm. Candidates who file for office have until Aug 15 at 5 pm to withdraw from the election.

Offices up for election in 2019 are:

  • mayor for a term of four years commencing Jan 1, 2020 and expiring Dec 31, 2023
  • two council members for a term of four years commencing Jan 1, 2020 and expiring Dec 31, 2023


To register for public office in the City of Golden Valley, candidates must:

  • live in Golden Valley and be a qualified voter therein
  • be 21 years of age or older upon assuming office
  • have established residency in the City at least 30 days before election day
  • not have filed for any other office in the current election
  • pay a $5 filing fee or present a petition with the signatures of eligible voters in lieu of the filing fee (Minnesota Statute 204B.07-204B.11)
  • file a personal financial disclosure with the Golden Valley Elections and Voter Registration Office within 14 calendar days of filing their candidacy (candidates receive a packet on campaign reporting requirements and financial disclosure reporting requirements when they file for office)
  • provide information requested by the City that will be made available to the public.

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