Minnesota Secretary Of State - Special Elections
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Special Elections

Special elections are used to fill vacant offices or decide ballot questions; they can be scheduled at various times during the year, and may be held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled election. The following statutes govern special elections:

Upcoming Special Elections

The Office of the Secretary of State has been notified of the following special elections. Contact the local jurisdiction for details about the vacant office or ballot question. Last updated December 1, 2021.

February 8, 2022

  • Special Primary Nicollet County Commissioner District 3 (Vacancy)
  • Special Election City of Bemidji W-05 (Vacancy)
  • Special Election City of Brooklyn Park W-E (Vacancy)
  • Special Election City of Sartell (Question)
  • School District Special Election ISD 252 - Cannon Falls (Question)
  • School District Special Election ISD 314 - Braham (Question)
  • School District Special Election ISD 432 - Mahnomen (Question)
  • School District Special Election ISD 2906 - Red Lake County Central (Question)

April 12, 2022

  • Special Election Nicollet County Commissioner District 3 (Vacancy)


Special Election Dates

Most special elections may only be held on one of the following five dates:

  • Second Tuesday in February
  • Second Tuesday in April
  • Second Tuesday in May
  • Second Tuesday in August
  • First Tuesday after the first Monday in November
  • February 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • August 10
  • November 2
  • February 8
  • April 12*
  • May 10*
  • August 9
  • November 8

* Note that under MS 204B.135, subd. 4, "No municipality or school district may conduct a special election during the 19 weeks before the state primary election in the year ending in two. A school district special election required by any other law may be deferred until the date of the next school district general election, the state primary election, or the state general election."