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
• 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.
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Look for our print Voters Guide in the September, October and November editions.
• 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.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the Police Department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that employs a comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions by the Department of Public Safety, with those specific functions to be determined by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance; which will not be subject to exclusive mayoral power over its establishment, maintenance, and command; and which could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety, with the general nature of the amendments being briefly indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot?
This amendment would create a Department of Public Safety combining public safety functions through a comprehensive public health approach to be determined by the Mayor and Council. The department would be led by a Commissioner nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the Council. The Police Department, and its chief, would be removed from the City Charter. The Public Safety Department could include police officers, but the minimum funding requirement would be eliminated.
GOVERNMENT STUCTURE: EXECUTIVE MAYOR - LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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 _______
AUTHORIZING CITY COUNCIL TO ENACT RENT CONTROL ORDINANCE
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_______
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: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/boards-and-commissions/charter-commission/current-proposals/
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
• 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: www.minneapolismn.gov/council
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
• 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: www.minneapolisparks.org
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: https://lwvmpls.org/
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
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The Mayor’s role is like that of a chief executive officer of the City.
Length of term: Four years
• 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: www.minneapolismn.gov/government/mayor/
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:
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: www.minneapolismn.gov/government/boards-and-commissions/bet