City of Balaton
507-734-4711
​Information for 2020
2020 is the year of the U. S. Census

The census is mandated by the U. S. Constitution [Article 1, Section 2] to be taken every 10 years and to count all persons, as defined by law, residing in the U. S. of A. This includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the 5 permanently inhabited island territories, and all civilian/military federal employees stationed abroad, including dependents.  The first census took place in 1790 as directed by Thomas Jefferson.

it is illegal for the census bureau to provide any information gathered, to be used for anything other than the census itself.  All information is confidential, and cannot be used by any government agency or court; additionally, no information other than the statistical findings can be shared with the public.

The general calendar for this event is as follows:

-    March 12-20;  Households will receive  an invitation in the mail to respond online to the census questionnaire. Some households might also receive a paper questionnaire and or directions on how to respond to the census questionnaire via telephone.
-   March 16-24;   Households will receive a reminder letter.
If you have not responded as yet.
-   March 26- April 3;  Households  will receive a reminder postcard.
-   April 8-16  Households will receive a reminder letter with a paper questionnaire enclosed.
-   April 20-27;  A final reminder postcard will be sent.
-   Thereafter, census takers will follow up with in-person surveys/questionnaires.

2020 Election Year

June 26 thru August 10:  Vote by mail or in person for Minnesota Primaries

July 21:  Register in advance for Minnesota Primary Election Day.

August 11:  Minnesota Primary Election.

September 18 thru November 2:  Vote by mail or in person for Minnesota general Election.

October 13:   in advance for Election Day.

November 3:  Election Day.