Election Information

Elections in 2020

Woodland polling place is at 2860 East Road, enter the lower level through garage. Parking is available in a small lot and along the east side of East Road. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Judges needed. Elections cannot be held without the invaluable contributions of our local election judges. Please consider serving your community as an election judge this year. All hours, both training and work, are paid and meals are provided. Complete an Election Judge Application - 2020 and email it to the City Clerk as soon as possible.


Run by the Office of the Secretary of State, MNVotes.org serves as a voter information portal and provides information on how and where to vote in any upcoming election. You may register to vote, vote online and check on your voter registration or ballot status. It is also where to update voter registration information such as address or name changes. Everything related to voting in Minnesota can be done through MNVotes.org.


To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must be

  • at least 18 years old.
  • a citizen of the United States.
  • a resident of Minnesota for 20 days preceding the Election Day.

To register to vote, go to the Secretary of State website and follow the step-by-step process. By signing and dating the application, you are swearing that you are eligible to vote. The application may be submitted anytime except during the 20 days immediately preceding any election. We recommend registering at least 30 days prior to an election.

In addition to the link above, the Voter Registration Application may be obtained by:

  • Visiting Deephaven City Hall, located at 20225 Cottagewood Road.
  • Calling City Hall at 952-474-4755 and request that a Voter Registration Application be mailed to you.
  • Registering to vote when you apply or renew your driver's license.
  • Registering to vote online at MNvotes.org.

To check if you are registered to vote, go to the Voter Registration Lookup.

Completed Voter Registration Applications (paper forms) should be returned to either:

  • City of Woodland, 20225 Cottagewood Road, Deephaven, MN 55331
  • Hennepin County Elections, Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, MC 012, Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012


Any previously registered voter who has had a name or address change since the last election must re-register to vote. A change of name or address requires a new registration and a new signature on the Voter Registration Application. Follow this link to re-register. Remember, if you have moved, you must vote in your new precinct, which you can locate using the Polling Place Finder. Do not return to your old precinct to vote.


A registration is cancelled if the voter:

  • Has been convicted of a felony without having his/her/their civil rights restored.
  • Is under guardianship of another person.
  • Has been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote.
  • Is not a citizen of the United States.
  • Has not voted for more than four years.


Eligible voters of Woodland may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to get to the polling place on Election Day. You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it does make the process easier. If you need to register to vote, you may want to do that online before applying for an absentee ballot.

You have the option to vote absentee one-time for one election or apply for permanent absentee status. For a one-time absentee ballot, you'll find information below for online, by mail, in-person voting options. To apply for permanent absentee status use this form and you will automatically be mailed absentee voting ballots 60-days prior to all future elections – complete with instructions and envelopes to mail in your completed ballot.

Active-duty military voter or overseas voter, use the special application for military and overseas voters.

Tracking your absentee ballot, click here. If you have already submitted your absentee application, do not submit another online. Use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to find out where your ballot is in the process, or contact the Hennepin County Election office at [email protected].

Voting Absentee–apply online and vote by mail

Applying for an absentee ballot online is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.mnvotes.org
  2. Click on "OTHER WAYS TO VOTE"
  3. Click on "Vote early by mail"
  4. On the new page, scroll down. Under Presidential Primary, click on "Apply online."
  5. Scroll down to "County where you live" and select Hennepin. For City, please select your postal city (for Woodland, it's Wayzata). Your vote will be counted correctly to Woodland by your street address.
  6. Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you. Follow the instructions provided and mail it back to Hennepin County.

Online voting is not an option if you do not have an email address or one of the forms of ID required (driver's license or social security number).

For your absentee ballot to count, please remember this important information:

  • Read and follow the instructions that come with your absentee ballot.
  • You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness must be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary public.
  • Mail back the finished ballot forms right away. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.

Voting Absentee–in person

Voting is available at City Hall starting 46 days before an election. Starting January 17 for the Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP). Deephaven City Hall is located at 20225 Cottagewood Road, Deephaven. It serves Deephaven, Greenwood and Woodland. Please have your Minnesota driver's licence and social security number ready and allow about 20 minutes to complete the voting process.


Identification - Proofs of Residence

Everyone who registers on Election Day must provide one of the proofs of residence listed below. Only proofs authorized by law may be used. A voter is allowed to leave and come back in order to get what they need to register. (M.S.201.061;M.R.8200.5100)

ID with voter’s current name and address Voters may use the following IDs with their current name and address in the precinct:

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit or Minnesota ID card.
  • The yellow receipt for a Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
  • Tribal ID card with name, current address, signature, and picture issued by the tribal government of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tribal band members are not required to live on an Indian reservation in order to use a tribal identification card to prove residence.

When presented with a Minnesota license, look for a "status check" notation in the lower right-hand corner. If you see this, it indicates the voter was not a citizen at the time they applied for the license. They may or may not have become a citizen since obtaining the license. If they state they are eligible to vote, you or the Head Judge must follow the Roster Challenge Procedures found on page 15.

Photo ID plus a document with name and current address Voters must show both one photo ID and one document. The ID must contain the voter’s name and photo, and can be expired. The document must have the voter’s name and current address in the precinct, and can be shown electronically or on paper.

Approved Photo IDs (choose one)

  • Driver's license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • United States passport
  • United States Military or Veteran ID
  • Tribal ID with the name, signature and photo of the voter
  • Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID
  • Minnesota high school ID

Approved Documents (choose one)

  • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
  • Current student fee statement
  • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
  • Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
  • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
  • Internet
  • Solid waste or sewer
  • Electric, gas or water
  • Banking or credit card
  • Rent or mortgage payments

Registered voter who can confirm the registrant’s name and address - A voter registered in the same precinct can sign an oath attesting to a new registrant’s residence. This is called ‘vouching.’ A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters whom they personally know live in the precinct. The person who does the vouching can also have registered on Election Day by using any proof of residence option, except for vouching—once a voter registers by being vouched for, that person cannot in turn vouch for others. Note: Residential facility vouchers do not have an eight-voter limit—see Option 7 below. Here are the steps for processing a voucher:

  • Have voucher complete the Voucher Form on the back side of the registration application.
  • Review what the voucher has written, ensure that all items are complete and then sign the form.
  • Each pre-registered voter has a unique identification number assigned them. Find the voucher’s identification number on either the Pre-Registered Roster or the Greeter’s List and record it on the Precinct List of Persons Vouching form. If the voucher registered on Election Day, an identification number may not be available.
  • Record the number of persons the voter vouched for on the same form.

College student ID—if a student housing list was provided Your precinct may be provided with a list of students housed at a Minnesota postsecondary educa-tional institution. If so, a student named on that list can register by showing a current, valid student ID card from that same institution. The ID must have their photo.

Valid registration in the same precinct If a voter is currently registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same pre-cinct, their registration serves as proof of residence — no additional documentation is needed.

Notice of Late Registration The voter can show a Notice of Late Registration from the county auditor or city clerk. A voter may be sent a Notice of Late Registration if they register less than 21 days before the election.

Staff person of a residential facility If the voter lives in a residential facility, a staff person from the facility can vouch for their residency with a signed oath. Unlike registered voter vouchers (see Option 3 above), residential facility staff may vouch for any number of voters living in the facility.

  • Residential facilities include nursing homes, veterans’ homes, developmental disability care facilities, shelters or temporary living facilities for homeless persons, battered women’s shelters, and other types of licensed facilities.
  • If a list of facility staff is provided prior to the election, your local election official will include it in your supplies. If no list is provided, a staff person can demonstrate their employment at that fa-cility another way, such as providing an employee badge.
  • Have the voucher complete the Voucher Form on the back side of the registration application. Do not record this type of voucher on the Precinct List of Persons Vouching form. (M.S. 256E.33; M.S. 144D.01; M.S. 245A.02; M.S. 256I.03)

Woodland City Election

Municipal Election

In conjunction with the State General Election, the City of Woodland will hold its municipal election November 6, 2018. Woodland voters will elect two Council members at the November General Election.

Terms for these Council positions are four years beginning at the first meeting in January, 2019 and ending December 31, 2022. People interested in running for office in Woodland must file an affidavit of candidacy.

The filing period will be July, 31, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2018. To file for office, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Candidate must be an eligible voter.
  • Is, or will be on assuming the office, 21 years of age or more.
  • Maintained residence in the district from which the candidate seeks election for 30 days before the general election.

Candidates must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and pay a $2 filing fee with the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 20225 Cottagewood Road, Deephaven, MN 55331.

Contact the City Clerk with questions at (952) 358-9936.

Answers to Common Questions about the Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP)

When will the Presidential Primary take place? March 3, 2020.

Will all parties participate? No, only major political parties will participate in the PNP.

Will all parties be on the same ballot? No, each major party will have a separate ballot.

Who decides which candidates will appear on a party's ballot? The chair of each party will submit a list of candidates for the party's ballot no later than 63 days before the date of the Presidential Nomination Primary (which was December 31, 2019).

What if a candidate drops out before the primary? Once a party's list is submitted, changes will not be made to the list of candidates on the ballot.

Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for "uncommitted"? Only if it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs must submit names of write-in candidates seven days before the primary to be counted.

Will any other offices be on the ballot? No, only presidential candidates will appear on the PNP ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.

How will I be able to vote in the PNP? Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on March 3, or by absentee ballot starting January 17, 2020 through the PNP election day. Note, if a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the PNP.

Will other people know which party's ballot I requested? A voter's choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list of who voted in the PNP and the political party each voter selected will be provided to the chair of each major political party. How a voter voted on the the ballot will be secret.

Will parties have to abide by the primary results? Yes, the PNP results must bind the election of delegates in each party.

Who will pay for the PNP? County and municipalities will be reimbursed by the State for the primary costs.

Will there still be precinct caucuses? Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.