2020 Elections

COVID-19 Precautions – The City of Carver will be taking extra safety precautions in the precinct due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These precautions will cause longer than normal wait times for voters, so if you choose to vote in person on Election Day, we ask you to plan accordingly and to be patient.

Primary Election:  August 11 – For a sample ballot, see Primary Election

A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election, except for the office of President of the United States, which has a separate primary election date. Early voting begins June 26.

Prepare to vote by:

1) Checking your registration status by clicking Registration Status
2) Registering to vote by clicking Registration

Note:  You must re-register each time you change your address, name, or do not vote at least once during a four-year period. Update your registration by completing a new registration application.

Absentee/Early Voting

Vote in Person – for details see:  In-Person Voting

Vote by Mail – apply early so a ballot can be returned before the election days – for details see:  Vote by Mail

Voting absentee/early is an option for everyone. Voting in person and by mail is available now!  With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City and County election officials encourage voters to request a ballot by U.S. mail to help protect residents and County employees by visiting mnvotes.org. A recent change means that pre-registered voters using an absentee ballot by mail don’t require a witness signature. Non-registered absentee voters registering as part of their absentee voting by mail process still must have a witness signature.  All registered voters can return ballots that are postmarked by Election Day.

To complete this application online you must:

  • Be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota
  • Provide an email address
  • Provide your identification number: MN-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number

You may apply for a paper form absentee ballot application by contacting the Carver County Elections office by calling (952) 361-1910 or by emailing .

In-person absentee voting at the Government Center, 600 4th St. East, Chaska, occurs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., from June 26-August 10. You can also vote on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on the day before the primary, Monday, August 10, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voters must follow the following safety guidelines if voting at the Government Center:

  • Postpone your visit if you’re sick or you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Maintain physical distance protocols, denoted by floor stickers
  • Follow signed traffic flow patterns
  • Additionally, election officials encourage the wearing of a cloth face covering, with coverings provided if voters don’t have their own

Candidate Filings: July 28-August 11

The terms of Councilmembers Joy McKnight and Kristy Mock will expire at the end of 2020.  Candidate filings for these positions will be accepted at City Hall at 316 Broadway from Tuesday, July 28, 2020, through Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, August 11, 2020, when City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m.

Electronic filings are also accepted. Affidavit of candidacy forms still need to be notarized and the filing fee must be made by the deadline in order to validate the filing.  Withdrawals are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

General Election:  November 3

General Election Day is November 3. Early voting begins September 18.


For more information regarding the elections, contact Vicky Sons-Eiden, Elections Administrator, at 952-448-8727 or vsonseiden@cityofcarver.com.