One of the best ways to participate in Wadena’s municipal city government is by voting. The City Administrator’s office oversees some aspects related to holding elections, including polling locations and election judges.
A person is eligible to vote in City of Wadena elections if at the time of the election, he or she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election. An eligible person may pre-register.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office provides official information about elections, voter requirements and registration, and absentee voting. Learn more at Minnesota Secretary of State Voter Information. Voters can check whether they are registered to vote by using the Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup Service.
You must vote in the precinct in which you live. Prior to elections, the City announces polling locations for the precincts. See the Minnesota Secretary of State Precinct Finder to determine the polling location for a particular address. Voters can also view the list of candidates for their precinct using the polling place finder.
Absentee balloting occurs within the 46 days before each election. Eligible voters may vote by absentee ballot for the following reasons: 1) absent from the precinct; 2) illness or disability; 3) religious discipline or observance of religious holiday; 4) service as an election judge in another precinct; 5)eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by the federal or state government. Additional information can be found at Minnesota Secretary of State Voter Information or by contacting the City Administrator’s office.
Election Judges help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on election day and are responsible for administering election procedures in polling location on election day. Judges open and close the polls, verify voter registration, distribute ballots, protect voter privacy, calculate and certify results.
Anyone eligible to vote who can read, write, and speak English can be an election judge. However, an election judge cannot be a candidate in the election, be closely related to a candidate or closely related to another election judge in the same precinct. (Closely related means a spouse, parent, child, or sibling.)
After at least 2 hours of training (for which the election judges are paid), four or more judges will be assigned to each precinct. One of the judges will be appointed the lead judge. Judges who have already received the mandatory two hours of training must attend a review course every two years.
If you are interested in being an Election Judge, please contact the City Administrator's office at 218-631-7707.
City Administrative Offices
222 2nd Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Campaign Financial Reports
Minnesota Statutes, section 211A.02, subd6 is a provision added by the legislature in 2014. The statute requires cities to post local and political campaign finance reports on the municipal website within 30 days of the day they were filed and must be maintained on the website for at least four years.