Election Results 2019 - Click here to see the vote totals for the 2019 Election.
Please vote on Tuesday, November 5th!


Starting with the November 6, 2018 general election, voters in Ward 1 (north) will cast their ballots at Johnson Hall at the Fairgrounds (400 West Union Street). This change is necessary while the Armory building undergoes major renovations. Written notice of this change was mailed to registered voters by the Secretary of State’s Office in 2018. For questions on this change, please contact the City Administrator’s Office at (507) 934-0663 or barbaral@saintpetermn.gov.

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Welcome to the City of Saint Peter election information page! 

In this section, you’ll learn:


Elections are held in the City of Saint Peter every year in cooperation with the Nicollet County Public Services Department. The City Administrator’s office administers elections.  During even years, the ballot includes federal, state, and county races. During odd years, the ballot includes City Council (Mayor and Councilmembers) and School District races.

As provided for in State Statute, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. each election day.


You may vote in Minnesota on the next election day if you

  • will be at least 18 years old on election day;
  • are a citizen of the United States;
  • will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding election day;
  • are not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes your right to vote;
  • have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote; and
  • have the right to vote because, if you have been convicted of a felony, your felony sentence
    has expired (been completed) or you have been discharged from your sentence.


Polling places in Saint Peter include Johnson Hall at the Fairgrounds (Ward 1 voters) located at 400 West Union Street and the Community Center (Ward 2 voters) located at 600 South Fifth Street.  For more more information on where you vote or to access the Secretary of State's Office precinct finder, go to http://www.saintpetermn.gov/where-do-i-vote


To vote in Minnesota, you must first register as a voter and there are a couple of ways to do so depending on when you register.

Before the election.  At least twenty (20) days before the election, voters may register to vote by completing a voter registration application either by mail or in-person.  

  • By mail. Voter registration applications are available on-line at the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=204.  The registration application must be completed and returned to the address indicated by no later than twenty days before the election. 
  • In person.  Voter registration applications are available at the Nicollet County Government Center (501 South Minnesota Avenue).

On Election Day.  If you miss the deadline for pre-registration, you can still vote. To register at the polling place on Election Day, this link provides information on what is an acceptable proof of residence to vote in Minnesota.


You can vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to vote in person.  The easiest way to vote by absentee ballot is to do so in person before the election.  Absentee ballots are available from the Nicollet Property Services Manager/County Auditor's office at the Courthouse (501 South Minnesota Avenue - second floor).  Ballots are usually available 46 days prior to Election Day.

To obtain an absentee ballot, you must first complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return it to the County Property Services Manager.  If you are presenting the application in person and ballots are available, you may complete your absentee ballot at that time.  If the application was submitted by mail, or ballots are not available, your ballot will be sent to you by mail as soon as ballots are available.  The mailed ballot will contain a postage paid return envelope for return of your voted ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office has also set up a special website to help military and overseas voters vote by absentee ballot.  That site is https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/home.htm.



Residents interested in filing for the offices of Mayor (2-year term) or Councilmember (4-year term) must do so at the City Administrator’s office during the filing period prescribed by State law.   The filing fee is $5. Elections for these positions are held during odd numbered years.  Please note that Saint Peter City Council positions are non-partisan.

To qualify as a Candidate you must:

  • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • Have not filed for the same or any other office at the general election.
  • Be or will be at least 21 years of age or more on assuming office; and
  • Have maintained a residence in the district for which you are seeking office for at least 30 days before the general election..

Residents interested in filing for other offices should call the Nicollet County Public Services Department for further information (507-934-7806).


The City is always looking for residents to serve as election judges.  To be eligible for appointment as an election judge, a candidate must be:

  • eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota; and
  • affiliated with a major political party; and
  • able to read, write and speak English; and
  • appointed by the City Council; and
  • trained and currently certified as an election judge.

An election judge cannot be:

  • a candidate in that election (i.e. be running for an office on the ballot used in that precinct); or
  • the husband, wife, parent, step relative, child, brother, or sister of a candidate or another judge in the same precinct; or
  • a challenger.

We love kids!  High school students aged 16 and 17 can be trainee judges and we love to work with them. (Students 18 and over can serve as full-fledged judges.)  Students must be in good academic standing, and have permission from their school and parents. Trainee judges perform most of the same duties as the adult judges (except those requiring judges of different political affiliations) and are paid for their service.  Trainee judges cannot work past 10:00 p.m.

All Judges must attend a mandatory training session before the election and are paid at the rate of $10.25 per hour ($11.25 per hour for Head Judges) for their service.  While most judges work all day on election day, part-time positions are occasionally, but not always, made available.

If you would like to be considered for appointment as an election judge or a trainee judge, or for more information on how you can serve your community in this way, please contact the City Administrator’s office at 934-0663 or send us an e-mail at barbaral@saintpetermn.gov.