Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP) – March 3, 2020
State Primary Election – August 11, 2020
State General Election – November 3, 2020
Voting hours are 7 AM – 8 PM
Registration ahead of time saves you time and hassle on election day. Make your voting experience easier this year by pre-registering before election day. You must register to vote if you are a new resident, have moved to another precinct in the City, or if you did not vote in the election held in 2016 or 2018.
MN Secretary of State pre-registration information and forms.
Locally, you can pre-register at the Wright County Government Center until July 2020 for the primary election or until October 2020 for the general election. Registration can also be done the day of election at your precinct location.
There are specific identification requirements that must be presented at the time you register. You must present one of the following items:
• A Minnesota driver’s license, learners permit, state identification card, or the temporary receipt for one of these items. Ideally, the license or ID card will have the current address on it, and that’s all the voter needs to register.
• If the license or ID has a former address, the voter may bring a recent utility bill for proof of the current address. Whenever a voter uses a utility bill, it must have the voter’s name and current address on it, and the due date must be within 30 days of the election. The bill can be for any of the usual utilities including gas, water, electric, waste removal, telephone, and cable TV.
• A U.S. passport with a utility bill;
• A U.S. military photo ID card with a utility bill;
• A “Notice of Late Registration” with the current address;
• Student ID card, fee, fee statement, or class registration, with the current address;
• A student photo ID card with a utility bill; or
• A school may provide a certified student list that shows students’ campus addresses which can be used with a student photo ID card.
• Voucher. If you don’t have any of these, you can still vote by having someone who is registered in the same precinct “vouch” for your identity and residence.
Do you know where to go to vote?
For regular even year elections, the City of Buffalo has four voting precincts. Each has its own voting location, so be sure to know where you should vote on election day.
PRECINCT 1 is the area north of Hwy. 55. Voters will vote at the Buffalo High School. It is located along Bison Blvd (Dague Avenue) off of County Road 35.
PRECINCT 2 is the area that is considered the central part of town. It is the area on the south side of Highway 55, inside of Second Street South, where it intersects with Highway 25 near Buffalo Lake. It excludes the Bella Vista development. They will vote at the Buffalo United Methodist Church at 609 8th Street NW.
PRECINCT 3 is the southern most part of the city and is bounded by Second Street South on the north side, south along Highway 25 South on the east side and Montrose Boulevard on the west side along Buffalo Lake. Voters of precinct three vote at Zion Lutheran Church.
PRECINCT 4 includes the Bella Vista development. This precinct will vote by mail.
If you have any questions, contact the City Center with your address, at 763-682-1181. We will be happy to look up your precinct location. Or use our Online Precinct Location System provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Click here to view the Precinct Map.
Voters can now vote early through the absentee voting process. Absentee voting for the 2020 Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP) will occur between Friday January 17 and Monday, March 2. Absentee voting for the 2020 Primary Election will occur between Friday, June 26th and Monday, August 10th. Absentee voting for the 2020 General Election will occur between Friday, September 18th and Monday, November 2nd. Eligible voters of the City of Buffalo can fill out the application below and return it to City Hall in person, by mail, by email or by fax, or an application can be submitted online via the link above.
The City of Buffalo’s elected City Council includes a Mayor and four City Council Members. Candidates must reside within the City of Buffalo city limits. All candidates running for an elective office must be 21 years of age upon assuming office. The Mayor is elected to a two-year term. City Council Members are elected to four-year terms. Municipal elections are non-partisan and names are placed on the ballot without party designation.
Local filings for the 2020 general election will be open for a two week time period. Filings are scheduled to open in July/August 2020. Interested candidates can pick up a candidate filing packet at Buffalo City Hall located at 212 Central Ave, Buffalo, MN.
December 31, 2020: Council member Kittock
Campaign Manual 2020
We will have three elections in 2020: The Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP) on March 3, the Primary Election on August 11 and the General Election on November 3. The City will need election judges for all of these. To be eligible to serve as a judge for the Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP) in March you have to have been trained and served in the 2018 election process.
Judges must be residents of the City of Buffalo. Training is provided by the Wright County Election Department. All judges, even those who have served in prior elections, are required to take training. A commitment to serve all three of the dates is important. The election statutes require that there be a balance of parties for some tasks within precincts, so prospective judges must prepare to state what party they belong to when necessary.
Election Judge Training Sessions – All election judges must be trained in order to serve. Several training sessions will be scheduled by the Wright County Elections Office.
If you are interested in serving as a judge, please contact Susan Johnson at Susan.Johnson@ci.buffalo.mn.us or 684-5402.
Election Results for the Buffalo City Offices
Precinct Caucus Finder will help you locate the time and place of the caucus meetings in your area. Provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.
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