Contact: Matt Laible, (612) 673-2786

Candidate filing for Minneapolis School Board open through June 5

May 23, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) Individuals interested in running for Minneapolis School Board may file to be on the ballot through Tuesday, June 5. Filing began May 22, and candidates for office must file by June 5 at the Minneapolis Elections Office, 350 5th Street South - Room 1B (ground floor of City Hall). The Elections Office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. Candidates may withdraw no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The Minneapolis School Board has a total of four offices on the ballot in 2012: one at-large member, and one member for each of the even-numbered districts, Districts 2, 4 and 6. Terms are for four years. If more than two candidates file for a position, the candidates for that position will be on the Primary ballot. If two or fewer candidates file for a position, the candidates go directly to the General Election ballot. The Primary is Aug. 14 and the General Election is Nov. 6.

The school board is a policy-making body responsible for selecting the superintendent and overseeing the District’s budget, curriculum, personnel and facilities. 

School Board candidate filings will be posted daily on the Minneapolis Elections website:   www.minneapolismn.gov/elections.

Redistricting Information

Beginning in 2012, voters will use the new voting precincts that were set by the 2012 Redistricting Plan. All pre-registered voters will receive a postcard in July telling them their new voting precinct and polling place. 

If you are not registered with your current name or address, you can register at government offices, libraries, park buildings, fire and police stations. Registration cards in Spanish, Somali and Russian are available on the elections website.

Current elected officials continue to represent the Ward or District from which they were elected through 2013. Here's what voters need to know:

On-line tools help voters participate in the election

The Voter Registration Lookup  at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx allows voters to enter their name, birthday, and address, and this tool will quickly tell voters whether they are registered at that address.

The Absentee Ballot Lookup at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx is an easy and convenient way for voters to check on the status of their absentee ballot.To use the secure service, voters must provide the following information: first and last name (name must match voter’s name entered on the absentee ballot application or voter registration), full date of birth, and the same identification number the voter used on the absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot lookup tool informs absentee voters about the current status of their ballots with one of the following types of messages:

To find out where to vote, use the Minnesota Polling Place Finder at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. Note: this tool is in the process of redistricting update.

Information about the absentee voting procedures for military and overseas voters is at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org.  

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 www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/elections.

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.

Accessibility improvements for ten more polling places

The City of Minneapolis has secured Help America Vote Act federal funding through the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State for the installation of electronic door openers at eight Minneapolis Park and Recreation Centers: Audubon, Longfellow, Bryant Square, Farview, Pearl, Whittier, Van Cleve, and Painter Park.

In addition, election division funds were used to purchase portable electronic doorbells for two private facilities that are high-rise residences. A temporary doorbell provides controlled easy access to these polling places that respects the security requirements of these private buildings, and can be moved to an alternative door or a polling place as necessary.

In the past, federal funding provided accessibility improvements for these locations: curb cut at the Elections Warehouse & Training Center, and electronic door openers for Martin Luther King, Powderhorn and Creekview Parks.

Absentee voting is easy

Minneapolis voters unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day may vote in person at Minneapolis City Hall or by mail. Absentee ballot applications are available on our website and may be sent anytime throughout the year. Absentee voting for the primary opens Friday, June 29 at the Minneapolis Office of Elections, 350 Fifth St. S. – Room 1B (ground floor of City Hall).

For further information

The Minneapolis Elections and Voter Registration Office 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 Web site at www.minneapolismn.gov/elections or call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000.

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Published May. 23, 2012