City of Red Wing

2018 City Council Special and General Election



Who has filed to run for City Council?

Ward 1&2 Combined (General Election)
Dean Hove
George Hintz
Stephanie Elsen
Ward 3 (Special & General Election)
Ted Seifert
Becky Norton
Ward 4 (General Election)
Ernest Stone
Erin Buss
Burke Murphy
At-Large (General & Special Election)
Christopher L. Nelson
Laurel Stinson
Ralph Rauterkus
Tony Wiech
Bill McKinley
Alan Muller

Question: Why should I care about the upcoming local City Council elections and what do I need to know about them?

Answer: There’s one main reason why you should care about our local elections: The seven people on our Red Wing City Council are responsible for voting on just about every important decision our City makes. They vote on the city budget and how your tax dollars get spent. They vote on what projects get planned and completed. They vote on steps that guide economic development, transportation opportunities, housing projects, environmental practices, and hundreds of other big and small decisions. In short, the people on the City Council affect people’s daily lives and the community’s long-range future more than you might expect. If you live or work in Red Wing, you should absolutely care about who runs and gets elected to our City Council.

There are currently four City Council seats open in the General Election for the 4-year term starting January 2019. There are also three seats open in Special Elections from three members who have stepped down early.. See information below for dates on the two special elections and the one general election.  

Special Election #1

This special election will fill two seats, representing Ward 3 and At-Large (the whole community). This election is August 14, and there is no primary. The filing period to run for the special election closed on June 5.  Winners will sit on the Council for the last four months of the year, from September 2018 to January 2019. 

WHAT:       City Council Special Election #1
WHY:         Two open seats: Ward 3 and At-Large
DATES:     Election Day: August 14, 2018 (no primary)
WHERE:    File at City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing
TERM:       September 2018 to January 2019

Special Election #2

This special election will fill one seat, representing Ward 4. This election is November 6, and there is no primary. The time frame for interested candidates to file is July 31-August 14, 2018. The winner will sit on the Council from mid-November 2018 until January 2019. Interested candidates may also want to file for the general election. 

WHAT:       City Council Special Election #2
WHY:         One open seat: Ward 4
DATES:      Residents interested in running must file between July 31 and August 14, 2018
                    Election Day: November 6, 2018 (no primary)
WHERE:    File at City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing 
TERM:       Mid-November 2018 to January 2019

General Election

There are four City Council seats open in the general election. These seats represent Wards 1 & 2 Combined; Ward 3; Ward 4; and At-Large (the whole city). The primary for this general election will be held on August 14, the same day as Special Election #1. Voting day for the general election is November 6, 2018, the same day as Special Election #2. Interested candidates must file to run for the general election at City Hall between May 22 and June 5 at 5 p.m. (the same filing period as for Special Election #1). City Council terms are four years, and winners of the general election will sit on the Council from January 2019 to January 2023.

Three of the open positions overlap (Ward 3, Ward 4, and At-Large). So, residents who want to run for both a special election (to fill seats through the end of 2018) and the general election (to fill seats from 2019 to 2023) must file for both elections. It costs $5 per election to file.

WHAT:     City Council Regular Election
WHY:       Four open seats: Wards 1 and 2 Combined / Ward 3 / Ward 4 / At-Large (whole city)
DATES:    Residents interested in running must file between May 22 and June 5, 2018
                  Primary Election: August 14, 2018
                  General Election: November 6, 2018
WHERE:  File at City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing
TERM:     January 2019 to January 2023


Click this link to see the ward boundaries for Red Wing: 

Timeline for the 2018 Special and General Election

May 22 Candidate filing opens for both Special Election #1 and General Election
June 5 Candidate filing closes for both Special Election #1 and General Election at 5 p.m.
June 7 Last date for candidates to withdraw from either election by 5 p.m.
July 31              Candidate filing opens for Special Election #2
August 14 Candidate filing closes for Special Election #2 at 5 p.m.
August 14    Primary Voting Day for the General Election and Voting Day for Special Election #1
November 6 Voting Day for the General Election and Voting Day for Special Election #2

Candidate Campaign Finance Information

When candidates file for office with the City Clerk, they are given a copy of the Minnesota Campaign Manual.  The Manual explains campaign financial reporting and campaign practices requirements and prohibitions that apply to candidates and committees active on the City level of government.  Candidates filing for municipal office and committees acting to influence the nomination, election, or defeat of a candidate are required to file a campaign finance report with the City Clerk within 14 days after the candidate or committee receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year.  In a year when the candidate's name appears on the ballot, additional reports are due as follows:

  • 10 days before the primary election
  • 10 days before the general election
  • 30 days after a general election
  • by January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed.

A final report may be filed any time after the candidate, committee, or corporation has settled all debts and disposed of all assets in excess of $100 in aggregate. Except for the City Clerk's enforcement of the prohibitions in Minn. Stat. 211B.11 against campaigning in or around polling places, the City Clerk does not interpret or enforce the Fair Campaign Practices statutes. 

Click to view campaign finance reports from previous elections 

Polling Places

Precinct boundaries and polling places have changed for some Red Wing residents as a result of reducing the number of precinct polling places. This reduction was done primarily to reduce election administration costs and to focus election voting at polling places that are better suited for that purpose. To find your polling place visit  or  Click here.

Polling places for all wards and precincts are as follows: 

Ward 1/Precinct 1

Public Works Building

229 Tyler Road N

Ward 1/Precinct 2

Burnside School

5001 Learning Lane

Ward 2/Precinct 1

Red Wing Public Library

225 East Avenue

Ward 2/Precinct 2

First Covenant Church

2302 Twin Bluff Rd

Ward 3/Precinct 1

Holy Family Hall-Church of St. Joseph

443 West Seventh St

Ward 3/Precinct 2

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

308 Pioneer Rd

Ward 4/Precinct 1

Jordan Towers II

440 West Fifth Street

Ward 4/Precinct 2

Concordia Lutheran Church

1805 Bush St

To view Wards, Precincts, and Polling Places please view this link City of Red Wing Ward and Precinct Map.

For more information on the 2018 Special and General Election, contact the City Clerk's Office at 651-385-3615.

What Happens at the Polling Place?

If not already registered, registration is allowed on Election Day (see the list of approved proof of residency below).  Every Minnesota voter uses a paper ballot. There are three choices available to you to mark your ballot.  You may mark the ballot by pen, by use of the AutoMARK, or personal assistance.  

  • You can receive additional assistance from election judges or an individual of your choice if you need help. However, that individual cannot be your employer, an agent of your employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate for election.
  • You may ask a poll worker to explain the voting method.
  • Children may accompany a parent into the voting booth.
  • You may carry a sample ballot or list of selected candidates with you.
  • Minnesota law prohibits wearing political buttons or shirts to the polls.

Two weeks before the election, a sample ballot will be posted in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 315 West 4th Street, online and in the local newspaper. Click here to view a sample ballot for the 2018 General Election.  (Ballot for 2018 General Election not yet available)

Registering to Vote

In Minnesota, you must be registered before you can vote.  You may either pre-register to vote at least 21 days before Election Day or register at your polling location on Election Day.  You can check your current registration status online at Your voter registration remains current until you change your residence, your name, or do not vote in four consecutive years.  Voter registration applications are available online at

If you did not register before Election Day, use any of the following proof of residence options to register at your polling place.

Option 1: ID with Current Name and Address

     Accepted IDs:

  • A valid Minnesota Driver's license, learners permit, Minnesota ID card or receipt for any of these
  • A Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature

Option 2: Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address

     The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device (smartphone, tablet, etc.)

     Accepted IDs:

  • Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
  • United States Passport
  • United States Military ID card
  • Tribal ID card with the name, signature, and photo of the voter
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID card

      Acceptable documents:

  • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
  • Current student fee statement
  • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for:
    • Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
    • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
    • Internet Services
    • Solid waste or sewer services
    • Electric, gas or water
    • Banking or credit card
    • Rent or mortgage payments

Option 3: Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address.  A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others.

Option 4:  College Student ID - If a Student Housing List was Provided

College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Option 5:  Valid Registration in the Same Precinct

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election official your previous name or address - no additional documentation is needed.

Option 6:  Notice of Late Registration

If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail.  This notice can be used to register.

Option 7:  Staff Person of a Residential Facility

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address.


What if I Can't Get to my Polling Place on Election Day? 

How to Vote Absentee if you are a City of Red Wing Resident

You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day.  You can vote absentee by mail or in person.  Any voter may vote absentee; no reason required.

Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election.  In 2018, ballots will be available starting June 29, 2018, for the Special Election and on September 21, 2018, for the General Election.

Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.  For more information, visit  

Voting Absentee By Mail

You can complete and submit an absentee ballot application online, or download an absentee ballot application, then mail, fax or email it to your local elections office (City of Red Wing or Goodhue County).  You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot.  Election Officials with the City of Red Wing or Goodhue County will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.

Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully.  You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered and that you marked the ballot in private.  The witness must be another registered Minnesota voter or a notary from the state.

  • If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials.  You must return the registration form, but please do not place the voter registration application into the sealed ballot envelope with your ballot; place it in the outer envelope along with the sealed ballot envelope if you are mailing a completed ballot. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering (see above for a list of acceptable forms).

Return the ballot on or before Election Day.  Delivery options are as follows:

  • Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service.  The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
  • Deliver it in person to the office that sent the absentee ballot by 3:00 p.m. on Election day.

Voting Absentee In-Person for City Residents

You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to City Hall, Second Floor, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, or your county election office.  Starting 46 days before the General Election you can vote in person.  See the table above for time and dates.

You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool at  If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.

Mailing Address: Red Wing City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, MN  55066

Fax: 651-388-9608


When do I Vote?

General Election day is Tuesday,  November 6, 2018. Polling places open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  See "Polling Places" above if you have questions on where to vote.

Who is Eligible to Vote?

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked voting rights
  • Cannot be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony
  • Not found legally incompetent by a court of law

College Students

College students may register to vote at either their home address or college address, whichever is considered their residence. However, students may only register and vote at one location in any election. If the home address is considered residency, but they cannot make it home on Election Day, students can vote by absentee ballot.  

Election Sign Regulation

Signs are not permitted on boulevards or rights-of-way in the city and all signs must be set back a distance from all property lines equal to the installed height of the sign. In order to comply with the requirements for sign installation, the general guideline is that signs should not be any closer than 2 feet to the outside edge of the sidewalk or no closer than 15 feet to the back of the curb. If unsure of the right-of-way location, please contact Public Works Director Rick Moskwa at 651-385-3674 or Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal at 651-385-3626. City staff will remove signs placed in public rights-of-way.