2010 election calendar brings change

The 2010 Election season brings some schedule changes that will provide a 45-day absentee balloting period for voters for both the Primary and for the General Election.

2010 Election Calendar

Candidate filing for the 2010 Minneapolis School Board election begins Tuesday, May 18, and runs through Tuesday, June 1. The deadline for withdrawal is 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3. Candidate filings will be posted daily on the City of Minneapolis website.

In 2010 there will be two at-large school board positions and three district positions to represent each of the odd-numbered park districts on the ballot. Other offices on the 2010 ballot include U.S. Representative, Governor and Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Attorney General, state Senators and state Representatives, county and judicial offices.

The new Primary date is Tuesday, August 10. The General Election is November 2, 2010.

City of Minneapolis seeks bilingual election judges

The City of Minneapolis is seeking bilingual election judges. Minneapolis seeks language support specifically in American Sign Language, and Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese, Oromo, Laotian and Russian languages. If you are eligible to vote and are fluent in English and a second language, please contact the Minneapolis Office of Elections at (612) 673-3870 or apply to be an election judge at

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

Background - Minneapolis School Board to implement School Districts
In 2008, voters approved a plan to implement school districts beginning with the 2010 election as well as at-large positions on the Minneapolis School Board. In the 2010 General Election, two at-large members and three district members representing the odd-numbered park districts will be elected. The exact ballot language is reprinted below.

2008 Ballot Question

Establishment of Election Districts for Special School District No. 1
Shall the Board of Special School District No. 1, Minneapolis Public Schools consist of six members elected by district and three members elected at-large for a total of nine members? Board of education members elected on or prior to November 4, 2008 shall complete their terms. The six districts shall be of equal population and shall initially coincide with the six park board districts for the Minneapolis Park Board. Three districts shall be given even numbers and three districts shall be given odd numbers.

Transition. Beginning with the 2010 general election, three members representing districts with odd numbers and two at-large members shall be elected for a total of eight members. In the 2012 general election, three members representing districts with even numbers and one at-large member shall be elected for a total of nine members.

For further information

The Minneapolis Office of Elections and Voter Registration is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit the website or call Minneapolis 311, which can also be reached at (612) 673-3000 or TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Published Mar. 18, 2010