Hopkins Public Schools is conducting a referendum on Tuesday, November 7, as part of the 2017 Special Election. Here you will find information about registering to vote, voting early by absentee ballot, and finding your polling place.
Polls are open on Election Day, November 7, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, early voting begins September 22 (46 days before Election Day).
For more information about elections and voting in Minnesota, visit the Secretary of State's website.
Who Can Vote?
To be eligible to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
How Do I Register to Vote?
In the state of Minnesota, voters can get registered one of three ways: At their polling place on Election Day, online, or in person while submitting a ballot during the early voting period.
Register on Election Day: You can register or update your registration when you vote, whether that is at your polling place on Election Day or at an early voting location. You will need proof of residence to register.
Register Online: You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number, or the last four numbers of your Social Security Number to register online. The last day to pre-register online to vote is Oct. 17.
Register on Paper: You can fill out a paper registration form and bring it with you to your local election office or city hall if you are voting early.
How Do I Vote Early?
In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day. There are two ways to vote early via absentee ballot: By mail or in person. Watch: "Vote Early, Vote Absentee" (1 minute, 30 seconds)
Voting Early By Mail
To vote by mail, you must apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply for an absentee ballot. For your ballot to count, you must:
- Complete an application to vote by mail.
- Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
- You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.
- Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. The deadline to hand deliver your absentee ballot is 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Voting Early In Person
To vote early in person, visit Hopkins City Hall or the city hall in the town in which you reside. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residency. All voters have at least one location where they can vote early with an absentee ballot. Depending on your city of residence, voting locations may vary. The last day to vote early is Nov. 6 by 5 p.m.
Where is My Polling Place?
Hopkins Public Schools encompasses several cities within Hennepin County, therefore polling places will vary depending on your city of residence. Election Day polling places for the six precincts in Hopkins are below. Visit the 'Resources' section to find your polling place if you do not reside in Hopkins.
Mizpah United Church of Christ
412 5th Avenue North
Zion Lutheran Church
241 5th Avenue North
1010 1st Street South
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Alice Smith Elementary School
801 Minnetonka Mills Road
Hopkins Fire Station
101 17th Avenue South