City elections are held on even-numbered years and held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. There is not a Primary held for City offices. Polling place hours for voting are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Deputy City Clerk is responsible for conducting the local, state and federal elections held within the city limits of Redwood Falls.
The elected officials for the City of Redwood Falls are as follows with office terms of four years:
(Current City Council Members)
(Salary of $500/month)
First Ward Council Member
(Salary of $400/month)
Second Ward Council Member
(Salary of $400/month)
Third Ward Council Member
(Salary of $400/month)
Council Member at Large – Two positions
(Salary of $400/month)
Individuals who are eligible and desire to become a candidate must file an Affidavit of Candidacy during the filing period as set by the State of Minnesota during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) at City Hall located at 333 South Washington Street. The Affidavit of Candidacy filing period begins on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The filing fee is $10.
- Is an eligible voter within the City of Redwood Falls.
- Has no other affidavit on file as a candidate for any office at the same election.
- Is, or will be upon assuming office, 21 years of age or more, and will have maintained residence within the city limits of Redwood Falls for 30 days before the election. Residency requirement, for ward an individual is to represent, must be met by the end of the filing period.
- May not be a full-time, permanent employee of the City.
Where do I vote - What Ward am I?
- 2020 Ward Map
- Precinct Finder (2018)
- 2020 Notice of Primary Election - State of Minnesota
- 2020 Notice of Primary Election - Redwood County
- 2020 Notice of Public Accuracy Test for Primary Election
- 2020 Notice of Public Accuracy Test for General Election
All residents living within the City limits of Redwood Falls vote at the Redwood Area Community Center, 901 Cook Street, in Redwood Falls.
- Presidential Nomination Primary Election - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Results are shown below.
- Primary Election - Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - Notice of Primary Election
- General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Notice of General Election
Hours for voting are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- November 3, 2020, General Election Ballot - Ward 1
- November 3, 2020, General Election Ballot - Ward 2
- November 3, 2020, General Election Ballot - Ward 3
Voting location information specific to your address can be found at the Secretary of State’s Website.
You may find that you are unable to get to your polling place location on Election Day but still want to vote in an election. You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office.
In-person Absentee Voting
You can request, receive, and cast an absentee ballot in one visit at the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer's Office located 403 South Mill Street, Redwood Falls. Starting 46 days before the election, you can vote in person during these periods:
- Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. starting Friday, June 26
- The Last Saturday before Election Day on August 8 from 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
- The day before the election on August 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- COVID-19 Polling Place Guidelines
If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office. Contact the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer for more information at 507-637-4013.
Voting Absentee by Mail
- You can complete and submit an absentee ballot application online, or download an absentee ballot application, then mail, fax or email it to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer. (See http://www.co.redwood.mn.us/auditor.htm for contact information.) You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.
- Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness must be another registered Minnesota voter, or a notary from any state.
- If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.
- Return the ballot on or before Election Day. Delivery options:
- Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer. The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
- Deliver it in-person to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer the absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
- Have someone else return your ballot before 3 p.m. on Election Day to Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.
- You may not hand deliver your own absentee ballot on Election Day.
Read the privacy disclaimer about absentee ballot application data.
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at the polling on Election Day. You will be required to provide proof of residency, when registering on Election Day. You can check the Secretary of State’s website to see if you are registered at your current address.
Registrations (new or change in address or name) can take place prior to Election Day by completing a registration card and mailing it to the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer at PO Box 130, Redwood Falls, MN 56283 or leaving it off at their office in the County Government Center in Redwood Falls. Registration forms are available at the Secretary of State’s website.
If you did not register before Election Day, use any of the following proof of residence options to register at your polling place.
Option 1: ID with Current Name and Address
- Valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card—or a receipt for any of these
- Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature.
Option 2: Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address
The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device (smartphone, etc.)
Accepted Photo IDs
Tribal ID with the name, signature and photo
(Can be shown on electronic device)
Option 3: Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address
A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. This is known as 'vouching'. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters. You cannot vouch for others if someone vouched for you.
Option 4: College Student ID—If a Student Housing List Was Provided
College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.
Option 5: Valid Registration in the Same Precinct
If you are registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election judge your previous name or address.
Option 6: Notice of Late Registration
If you registered to vote within 20 days of the election, you may get a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. Bring it with you and use it as your proof of residence to register.
Option 7: Staff Person of a Residential Facility
If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. This is known as 'vouching'. A staff person can vouch for all eligible voters living in the facility.
The staff person must prove their employment at the facility. There are several ways to do this, including by showing an employee badge.
Call the Minnesota Secretary of State at 1-877-600 VOTE (8683) or contact the Redwood County Election Office at 507-637-4013.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, the City will post all campaign financial reports received from candidates for City office. The reports will be posted within 30 days of receipt from the candidate. The reports will remain on the City's website for four years from the date of posting.
Click on the candidate's name to see a copy of the report:
2020 Campaign Financial Report for John Buckley - posted 11/10/2020
2020 Campaign Financial Report for Matthew C. Smith - posted 11/10/2020
2020 Campaign Financial Report for Jena Beller-Schmidt - posted 11/23/2020
2020 Campaign Financial Report for Denise Castle - posted 11/10/2020
2020 Campaign Financial Report for Denise Kerkhoff - posted 11/10/2020
2018 Campaign Financial Report for Tom Quackenbush - posted 11/26/18
2018 Campaign Financial Report for John Madden - posted 11/26/18
2018 Campaign Financial Report for Larry Arentson - posted 11/26/18
2018 Campaign Financial Report for Jim Sandgren - posted 11/26/18
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Larry Arentson - posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for John Buckley - posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Paul DeBlieck - posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Jon Markuson - posted 11/22/16
2016 Campaign Financial Report for Matthew Smith - posted 11/22/16