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Upcoming forums

Mayoral Candidate Forum  
DATE: Monday, September 13, 2021
TIME: 6:30- 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Event will be virtual. Candidates and Moderator will be live in MCN6 Studio. NO live audience.


Live Streaming to League of Women Voters Facebook page at and broadcast on Cable Channel 6 in the Metro Area
Submit questions in advance to 


Ward 11 City Council Candidate Forum


DATE: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Event will be virtual. Candidates and Moderator will be live in MCN6 Studio. NO live audience.


Live Streaming to League of Women Voters Facebook page at and broadcast on Cable Channel 6 in the Metro Area
Submit questions in advance to 
Ward 9 City Council Candidate Forum

Tuesday, September 21
Noon - 3:00 pm

Little Earth Farm (2400 Ogema Pl). ‘Pickle Off’ and a community meal prior to the Candidate’s Forum at Little Earth of United Tribes 

Ward 2 City Council Candidate Forum


DATE: Thursday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
The event will be virtual. Candiates and moderator will be live in the MCN6 but there will be no live audience.
Civic Buzz: The Charter Amendments


This fall's Civic Buzz season will begin with a focus on two of the charter amendment proposals Minneapolis voters will see on their ballots. Improving governance in Minneapolis has been a decades-long goal of LWVMpls, which is supporting the Government Structure: Executive Mayor-Legislative Council amendment.
TOPIC: Charter Amendments: Government Structure: Executive Mayor-Legislative Council proposal put forward by the Minneapolis Charter Commission
PRESENTERS: LWVMpls members Patricia Kovel-Jarboe & Catherine Shreves
DATE: RESCHEDULED from Sept 7 to Sept. 30
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: via Zoom
TOPIC: Charter Amendments: Yes 4 Minneapolis proposal and how it aligns (or does not align) with LWVMpls positions
PRESENTERS: Reimagining Public Safety Committee co-chairs Jane Lansing & Jennifer Wilson
DATE: Thursday, September 23
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: via zoom webinar. Watch for link in a future Update or on social media.


Presentation will feature the Committee's study results and how the charter amendment proposed by Yes 4 Minneapolis aligns (or does not align) with LWVMpls positions. This proposed amendment would establish a new public safety department that would not be under the sole control of the Mayor, would be run by a Commissioner of Public Safety, would include police officers if necessary, and would remove the Police Department and its required funding from the Charter.
Public Safety Charter Amendment Forcu
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Virtual - Link will be posted on
- Yes4Mpls: Citizen petition on reform
-Both/And Approach: MPD Reform & Funding
The forum will be mediated by Rich Hotchner from Braver Angels

Offices on the ballot

Who is on the Minneapolis ballot in 2021?

• Mayor
• City Council Member Wards 1-13
• Park Board Commissioners At Large (3 positions)
• Park Board Commissioners Districts 1-6
• Board of Estimate & Taxation Member (2 positions)

A sample ballot will be available 45 days before the election on the MN Secretary of State web site.

Are you a candidate? Put the word out by investing in print and digital advertising. Email

Look for our print Voters Guide in the September, October and November editions.

Plan ahead

Key election dates

• Candidate filing:
July 27 - August 10, 2021
• Early voting period:
September 17 - November 1, 2021
• Early registration deadline:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  
Registration deadline is 5 p.m. if registering by paper and 11:59 p.m. if registering online. If you miss this deadline, you can still register on Election Day or through the mail voting process.
• Recommended deadline to apply for a ballot:
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
• Deadline to return your mail ballot:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Ballots sent in the mail must arrive on or by November 2. 
Ballots dropped off in person due by 3 p.m.
 Ballots delivered using a service (Fed-Ex, UPS, etc.) due by 8 p.m. 
• Election Day:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information from the city of Minneapolis web site:

Also on the ballot

Charter amendments

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to strike and replace the Police Department with a Department of Public Safety which could include licensed peace officers {police officers) if necessary, with administrative authority to be consistent with other city departments to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety?
Yes ______
No ______

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to adopt a change in its form of government to an Executive Mayor-Legislative Council structure to shift certain powers to the Mayor, consolidating administrative authority over all operating departments under the Mayor, and eliminating the Executive Committee?
Yes _______  No _______

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to authorize the City Council to regulate rents on private residential property in the City of Minneapolis, with the general nature of the amendments being indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot?
Yes ______ No_______

Explanatory Note:
This amendment would: This amendment would:
1. Authorize the City Council to regulate rents on private residential property in the City of Minneapolis by ordinance.
2. Provide that an ordinance regulating rents on private residential property could be enacted in two different and independent ways:
a. The City Council may enact the ordinance.
b. The City Council may refer the ordinance as a ballot question to be decided by the voters for approval at an election. If more than half of the votes cast on the ballot question are in favor of its adoption, the ordinance would take effect 30 days after the election, or at such other time as provided in the ordinance.

For more information on all Charter Amendments:

Sign up now for Voter Registration Training

Calling those experienced with voter registration and newcomers! Join the League of Women Voters Minneapolis for an online training to learn about this year’s elections including key deadlines, eligibility requirements, tips on responding to questions and/or hesitation from voters, as well as an overview of the volunteer sign up process and responsibilities. The next training session is:


DATE: Tuesday, September 14
TIME: 3:00-4:15 PM
FORMAT: A Zoom link will be sent in advance of the training date


We expect to schedule additional voter registration events until election day on November 2.


Questions? Contact Teena Keiser, LWVMpls Voter Registration Coordinator, at

Minneapolis City Council

The City Council is Minneapolis’ main governing body, responsible for approving new and future city developments. The Council governs through its legislative, administrative, and financial powers. The Council uses a committee system in which each committee handles a specific area of city policy. There are 13 City Council members, each representing a ward.

Length of term: Four years
Salary: $106,101


• Establishes policies for city departments
• Exercises budgetary and policy control over city departments
• Sets property taxes to raise money for the city budget (within the limits set by the Board of Estimate and Taxation)
• Licenses city businesses
• Enforces rules that regulate public and private activities, including uses of property, prevention ofcrime, and ensuring public health and welfare

For more information:

City Council Ward 12 (Longfellow)

City Council Ward 11

City Council Ward 9

City Council Ward 2

Parks and Recreation

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was created in 1883 to govern, maintain, and develop the park system. There are nine Park commissioners—one from each of the six park districts, and three at-large.
Length of term: Four years
Salary: $12,438
(President: $13,853)

• Develops park policies
• Enacts ordinances governing the use of neighborhood and regional parks, parkways, beaches and lakes, and special use facilities such as pools, ice arenas and golf courses
• Appoints the Superintendent

For more information:

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation District 5

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation District 3


League of Women Voters Minneapolis

A non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in all levels of government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Just what is happening this election season? What do these elected officials even do? What are their job descriptions? Get informed at their site:

LWV Voter's Guide

Be informed about the 2021 City of Minneapolis elections. Learn how to register and vote, find a list of candidates/websites, and read the Charter Amendments language.

Download the guide to find:

o   How to register and vote

o   List of candidates for Mayor, City Council, Park Board, and Board of Estimate and Taxation

o   Charter Amendments language

Download the Guide

Minneapolis voting info

Get information on the city of Minneapolis election at the city's voting site. Find election maps, polling locations, information on how to register to vote, details on ranked choice voting, how to file for office, and more. Go to:

Secretary of State

View sample ballots and get election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State web site. You can also sign up to be an election judge, learn about other ways to vote, and register to vote here. Information is available in multiple language, including Somali, Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khamer and Amharic. More here:

Vote 411

VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it's local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities. More at

Learn more from LWV

Minneapolis Mayor

The Mayor’s role is like that of a chief executive officer of the City.
Length of term: Four years
Salary: $136,101

• Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced within the City, and that city officers do their jobs
• Serves as executive officer of the City of Minneapolis and is leader for the City of Minneapolis at the State Legislature
• Presides over the City Council Executive Committee and Board of Estimate and Taxation meetings
• Nominates department head candidates such as the Police Chief, Fire Chief and Budget Director
• Appoints representatives to agencies and commissions
• Proposes policy direction in the annual State of the City address
• Approves or vetoes all City Council and Park Board actions (Vetoes can be overturned by two-thirds vote of the City Council or Park Board.)
• Does not determine property taxes and city budget

For more information:

Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET)

Oversees the city’s budget operations and audits the city’s finances. The board is made up of six members. Two members are elected by the voters. The unelected members are the following:
1. Mayor
2. City Council President
3. City Council member who chairs the Council budget committee
4. Park and Recreation Board Commissioner

Length of term: Four years for the elected members
Salary: The two elected members receive a per diem

• Coordinates various taxing and borrowing powers for the City
• Holds public hearings to gain citizen input regarding maximum tax levies for certain City tax funds, and sets maximum tax levies for the following funds: the City Council, the Park and Recreation Board, and the Board of Estimate and Taxation
• Issues General Obligation Bonds of the City in support of the Capital Program

For more information: