Are You Ready to Vote in the August 9 Primary Election?


Did you know that a Supreme Court seat is the only statewide race on this year’s primary ballot? This rarely happens—and it could deter many from going to the polls on primary day, August 9. The Minnesota Bar Association is providing information about the candidates here: In addition, there are 2 seats on the 3rd District Court. 

There is also a Republican primary for Second Congressional District. This is an open seat, as incumbent Congressman John Kline is retiring. Four Republicans will compete in the primary: Matthew EricksonJohn HoweJason Lewis, and Darlene Miller

There are also contests for two seats on the Northfield City Council. Voters living in Northfield’s Ward 2 and Ward 3 may participate in this election. To learn whether you are eligible to vote in this election and who is on the ballot:

Please make the commitment learn about the candidates and to vote. All eligible voters may vote in this election.

Absentee Voting: Voters can cast their ballot early for the August 9 Primary Election by voting absentee by mail or in person now through Monday, August 8. Vote in person at Northfield City Hall. 

The City of Northfield absentee location serves as the Northern Service Center for Rice County. In addition to ballots for all City of Northfield residents, ballots are available for all Rice County precincts.

Vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot online at: or by completing the Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application and returning it to your respective County at one of the addresses below:

Rice County Government Services Center Auditor / Treasurer 320 NW Third St. Faribault, MN 55021 507-332-6104 or 507-645-9576

Dakota County Administration Center Attn: Elections 1590 Highway 55 Hastings, MN 55033-2343 651-438-4305

Additional information regarding elections can be found on the City’s website Elections & Voter Information pages.