Elections

Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer's Office    
 Attn: Elections                                                        
 400 Court Ave                                                          
 PO Box 51j0178291
 Gaylord, MN 55334
 Phone:  (507) 237-4070 
 Email:  Elections@co.sibley.mn.us

The Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer is responsible for administering all federal, state, and local elections for Sibley County and maintains the statewide voter registration system.  This office is a resource to cities, townships, and school districts in the election process. 

                                         
For more information on Elections, please visit the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State at www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

Click HERE for State-wide Election Results
(links to the Secretary of State's website for election results by year and election)


If I am a Sibley County resident, where do I vote on Election Day?

Map of Polling Locations
Polling Place Location Finder

For the 8/11/2020 GFW School District Question Results HERE
For the 8/11/2020 Commissioner District 3 Results HERE
(results are final - no results were changed during the Recount on 8/18/2020)


Who is eligible to vote? 
You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are least 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election day.

How do I register to vote?
Complete a Voter Registration Application.  Drop off or send completed application to the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer Office at 400 Court Avenue, PO Box 51, Gaylord, MN  55334 or register online here.

Why should I pre-register to vote?
Voting will be faster and easier if you are registered to vote when you arrive at the polls on election day.  You can register on Election Day; however, you will need to bring proof of residence with you.
 
How do I register on Election Day?
To register on Election Day, you must have proof of residence in your precinct.  Only proofs authorized by law will be accepted.

Valid proof of identity includes any of the following:

*  MN Driver's License, Learner's Permit, or Identification card showing a current  address (or receipt for any of these).
*  Valid, previous registration from the same precinct.
*  "Notice of Ineffective or Late Registration" from the County Auditor-Treasurer's office.
*  A registered voter from your precinct who personally knows you reside in the precinct and will vouch for your identity.
*  A photo ID and a current utility bill showing your name and address in the precinct.
 
Absentee Voting
Absentee ballots are available 46 days before the election.  Individuals interested in absentee voting may do so either by mail or in person at the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer.  Standard office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The office is also open for absentee voting the Saturday before an election from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and until 5:00 p.m. on the evening before the election.  You do not have to be a registered voter to vote by absentee ballot (you will register during the absentee voting process).  Beginning 7 days before the election, applicants voting in-person will be able to deposit their ballot directly into the tabulator/ballot box at the Auditor-Treasurer Office.


Vote by Mail (Mail Balloting)
The following precincts will vote by mail for all State Primary and General Elections:

  • Green Isle City 
  • Arlington Township
  • Bismarck Township
  • Cornish Township
  • Faxon Township
  • Henderson Township
  • Kelso Township
  • Sibley Township
  • Washington Lake Township

If you live in one of Sibley County's mail ballot precincts, your traditional polling place will not be open on Election Day.  Instead, if you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail approximately one month before Election Day for each election.  See options below for returning your ballot, including voting in person:

1. Return your ballot by mail using the prepaid return envelope included with your ballot packet. 
Please note: the envelope must be received by election day for your vote to count.

       Voters have several options to ensure their vote is counted in the State Elections:
  • Voters can track their ballot at http://www.mnvotes.org/track.  
  • Voters can deliver their ballots to the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer's office by hand (or have someone they trust hand-deliver it for them).
  • Voters can cast their vote in person with an absentee ballot at the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer's office until 5 p.m. the day before each election.
  • Voters in a mail ballot precinct (voters who don't have a traditional polling place) can cast their votes on Election Day until 8 p.m. at the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer's office.
2. Return your ballot (in the provided envelopes) in the locked drop box outside the west entrance to the Courthouse or inside the Courthouse in the drop box in the lobby of the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. We must receive it by 8:00 pm on Election Day for your vote to count. 

3. Vote in person at the Auditor-Treasurer Department at the Courthouse in Gaylord.  In addition to normal business hours of M-F 8:00am  - 4:30pm, we are also open from 10:00am - 3:00pm the Saturday prior to each election and from 8:00am - 5:00pm the Monday (day before) each election. *Note - As a registered voter, you will need to provide either the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or your Driver's License number.  More information may be required for a new registrant.

4. Return your ballot (in the provided envelopes) in person or by designated agent OR vote in person on Election Day at the Auditor-Treasurer's Department at the Courthouse in Gaylord. We are open from 6:00am - 8:00pm Election Day. Note: You cannot place your ballot directly into the ballot box on Election Day.

5. Starting 7 days before each election, you can put your ballot directly into the tabulator/ballot box (you will need to complete an application to do so)

How do I file for office?
An individual who desires to become a candidate for an office shall file an affidavit of candidacy at the location as listed:
 
Federal - File with Secretary of State
State - File with Secretary of State or County Auditor of the County in which candidate resides
County - File with County Auditor-Treasurer
City - File with City Clerk
Township - File with Township Clerk
School - File with School
Soil & Water - File with County Auditor-Treasurer
 
For more information on Becoming a Candidate, visit the Secretary of State's website by clicking HERE
  
Who May Be An Election Judge?
An election judge must be:
     1.  eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota
     2.  able to read, write, and speak English:
     3.  appointed by the appointing authority (county, city, township, or school board); and
     4.  trained and currently certified as an election judge.
 
An election judge cannot be:
     1.  a candidate in that election (i.e. is running for an office on the ballot used in that precinct);
     2.  the husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate or another judge in the same precinct; or
     3.  a challenger.
 
Who May Be An Election Judge Trainee?
High school students 16 and 17 years of age can be trainee election judges.  Students who are 18 years of age or older can serve as regular election judges.
 
To serve as trainee election judges students must be:
     1.  at least 16 years of age;
     2.  serve in the county where they reside;
     3.  be in good academic standing;
     4.  have completed or are enrolled in a course on government; and
     5.  have permission from their school and parents.
 
Trainee election judges can serve for all elections.  They cannot serve past 10:00 p.m. and cannot number more than 1/3 of the election judges in any one precinct.  Trainee election judges, like other election judges, are not required to serve the entire day.  Because trainee judges serve without party affiliation, they cannot perform tasks that must be carried out by two judges of different political parties, such as curbside voting.  However, trainee election judges can perform any other election judge tasks and should be assigned those duties just as other election judges are assigned. Trainees do not count toward the minimum number of election judges required to serve.
 
Clerks & Election Judges Training Schedules
Before serving in an election, all election judges and student trainee election judges must complete election judge training and be certified as an election judge.  This course is offered by the County Auditor-Treasurer.  Every judge who completes training receives an election judge certificate that is valid for two years.  To stay current with changing election law and ballot counting technology, election judges will renew their election judge certificate by again completing the training course every two years.
 
In addition to election judge training and certification, head election judges complete an additional hour of training every two years to be certified as head election judge.
 
Election judges assisting with Health Care Facility absentee voting complete one hour of training every two years (in addition to election judge training) to be certified as HCF absentee election judges.
 
If you are interested in serving as an election judge in Sibley County, contact the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer or submit this form to the Auditor-Treasurer Office. 
  
 
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2016 Sibley County Election Information8 documents

  • Notice of Filing - Federal, State, Judicial & County Offices
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  • Consolidated Sample Ballot (2016 Primary Election)
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  • 2016 Primary Election Federal, State, Judicial Abstract
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  • 2016 General Election Write-In Abstract
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  • 2016 General Election County Write-In Abstract
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2020 Sibley County Election Information5 documents

  • Certified County Abstract of 2020 Presidential Nomination Primary Election
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  • Certified Abstracts of Votes for 2020 Primary Election
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  • Certified Abstract of Write In Votes for 2020 General Election
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  • Certified Abstract of Votes for 2020 General Election
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  • 2020 Campaign Financial Reports
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2018 Sibley County Election Information13 documents

  • Unofficial Statewide 2018 General Election Results
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  • Unofficial Local Write In Tally Sheets - 2018 General
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  • Unofficial Combined Sibley County Results - 2018 General
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  • Notice of Filing - Federal, State, Judicial & County Offices
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  • 2018 Primary Election Federal, State, Judicial Abstract 
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  • 2018 Primary Election County Abstract
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  • 2018 Primary Election Consolidated Sample Ballot
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  • 2018 General Election Write-In Abstract
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  • 2018 General Election Federal, State, Judicial Abstract
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  • 2018 General Election County Abstract
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  • 2018 General Election Consolidated Sample Ballot
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  • 2018 County Office Campaign Financial Reports - Certification of Filing
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