Resources to research candidates on the ballot

As we enter another election season, use these recommended resources and tips to research the candidates on your ballot.

Find out who is on the ballot

Go to WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT? to find:

Information is posted about 45 days before an election. You can also contact candidates to ask questions about issues important to you.

Important dates:

  • August 11 - Primary Election
  • November 3 -  Election Day

You can vote early (absentee) starting 46 days before the election in person or by mail in ballot. Find more information here

Where to learn about candidates and issues

  • Online, including campaign websites, candidate social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and websites that come up in search – be sure to evaluate websites carefully
  • Candidate speeches
  • Candidate debates
  • Endorsements
  • Free databases from your library help you explore the pros and cons of important issues (CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Points of View Reference Center)
  • Press reports from newspapers, television and the radio – libraries provide free digital access to many newspapers
  • Mailings sent to constituents
  • Ads on television and radio
  • Incumbent voting records on legislation while in office

Online resources for elected offices


Representative, senator

Incumbent voting records on legislation.


Governor, representative, senator, etc.

Incumbent voting records on legislation.        


Commissioner, sheriff, attorney

Incumbent priorities and positions, meeting information, and county board actions.

City and township

Mayor, city council

Incumbent and meeting information.

School board

Incumbent and meeting information are available on the school system’s board of education website.


Candidate information from the MN Bar Association.