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Elections
Election Coordination
The Administrator’s Office at City Hall coordinates the elections for all city, state, and federal elections that are held in International Falls. For more information regarding city elections, please contact the office of the City Administrator at (218) 283-9484 during regular business hours.

Qualifications for Voting
The state of Minnesota requires the following for voter eligibility:
  • Minimum age of 18 by election day
  • Minnesota residency for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election
  • United States citizenship 
  • Voter registration

Residents unqualified to vote are those who: 
  • Are not registered to vote
  • Are under guardianship
  • Have been convicted of treason or a felony and not yet restored to their civil rights
  • Have been found by a court of law to be legally incompetent 

Voter Registration
Voters may register at the Koochiching County Auditor’s Office. You must be 18 years old on the day of the election or before to register to vote.

Primary & General Elections
National, state, and county primaries are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the second Monday in August. International Falls has no city primary election. Minnesota has a consolidated primary ballot, which allows voters to make a secret choice of major party primary. Primary ballots marked for candidates from more than one party are considered defective and are not counted.

National, state, county, and city general elections are held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Candidates file for mayor and City Council positions at City Hall not less than eight weeks and no more than 10 weeks prior to the election. City Council elections are non-partisan and candidates run for their respective ward or at-large seats.