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Time to vote! What’s on the ballot locally?
Nov. 5, 2012

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday’s general election and will elect a president, in addition to deciding who will serve in many local government positions.

For many voters, this Election Day will be the first time they have cast a ballot since statewide redistricting, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said. Voters’ congressional, state senate, state house, county commissioner districts may have changed.

“Now is the time for all eligible voters to check to make sure that they are registered, get informed about candidates and ballot questions and find their polling locations for the election on November 6,” Ritchie said.

To get registered, voters may use the voter registration lookup tool to check to see if they are registered to vote at their current address.

If they are not registered, Minnesota voters can still register to vote on Election Day by providing proof of residence.

Those who are registered do not need to bring any documentation to the polls. Same- day registration information is available at www.mnvotes.org.

Most polling locations open on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 a.m. All polling locations are open until 8 p.m.

“Pre-registered voters do not need to provide identification when they vote, but eligible voters who want to register on Election Day do need to bring additional information with them,” Ritchie said. “Taking a few minutes now to prepare for Election Day by visiting www.mnvotes.org to check your voter registration status, learn what’s on your ballot and look up where you vote will be time well spent.”

The local ballot

Locally, Delano voters will see a number of local races on the ballot. To prepare to vote, a sample ballot can be created by following the link from the secretary of state’s website at ww.sos.state.mn.us.

Delano voters will see three federal races on their ballots. Ten president and vice presidential pairings can be found. Voters will also be asked to choose between five candidates for US Senator whose names will appear on the ballot.

US Representative District six is also on the ballot and features candidates Michele Bachmann (R) and Jim Graves (DFL).

The second column on the ballot will feature state issues and offices.

State Senate District 29 will be on the ballot, and feature candidates Bruce Anderson (R) and Brian Doran (DFL). State Representative District 29A will also appear on the ballot and feature candidates Joe McDonald (R) and Susann Dye (DFL).

Two constitutional amendments are also appearing on the ballot (see separate story).

For county offices, Delano voters will see the fifth district commissioner race on the ballot, which features candidates Charlie Borrell and Leonard Wozniak. Three soil and water conservation district supervisor positions are also on the ballot.

City offices for Delano include Delano City Council, in which two people will be elected. Candidates are Harlan D. Lewis, Jon Sutherland, Betsy Stolfa, Dan Gustafson, and John D. (Jack) Russek.

Flipping the ballot over, in the Delano School District, voters will find school board position elections, which feature three candidates for three four-year seats. Candidates are Sarah Baker, Amy Johnson, and Randy Durick.

A special election will also be taking place for three additional school board members, with terms expiring January 2015. Candidates for the three positions are Mark A. Larson, Jonathan Ness, Carolyn Milano, and Corey Black.

Two questions will also be on the ballot regarding the school district’s referendum authorization.

The first question reads:

“The Board of Independent School District No. 879, Delano, has proposed to renew its expiring referendum authorization of $426.86 per pupil, which is set to expire. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided be law. Shall the renewal of revenue proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 879 be approved?”

Voters will be asked to fill in “yes” or “no.”

By voting yes on this question, it is an extension of an existing property tax referendum that is scheduled to expire.

The second question for the school district on the ballot asks voters to increase its referendum revenue by $325 per pupil, if question one passes. The amount shall increase annually by the rate of inflation. This authorization would also be in effect for 10 years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided be law.

Question two can only pass if question one does.

A number of judicial officers, including the supreme court, court of appeals, and Tenth District court are also on the ballot.

Complete candidate profiles and responses to questionnaires can be found by following the link from the Delano Herald Journal homepage.

Election results available online

As soon as election results become available, they will be posted online at www.delanoheraldjournal.com. Election results will be found on the news log portion, located in the center of the page.

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