Lakeville Voter's Guide: What to Know Before Hitting the Polls Nov. 6
Lakeville Patch's election 2012 voter's guide: where to vote, how to vote, when to vote, and other voting information.
Election day is nearly upon us—Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the big day—and Lakeville Patch wants to make sure you're not only equipped with information, but also the logistics of voting. Every vote matters. We want to make sure you get your red sticker.
- First, everyone votes for a reason: to see their candidates win. That's why we're going to offer robust election night coverage, heavy on real-time results from all the races you're following: Presidential, senate, congressional and constitutional amendment results | Dakota County election results including judicial races | Local coverage: Lakeville | Burnsville | Eagan | Apple Valley/Rosemount | Northfield | Mendota Heights | Inver Grove Heights
Where to Vote
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 6 and close at 8 p.m.
Lakeville has 17 voting precincts this year, up from 14 in previous general elections. This is primarily the result of population increases over the past 10 years causing a redistricting shift.
As a result, you may have a new voting precinct. The Secretary of State's website has a very easy to use polling place finder. Otherwise, here are the new polling sites in Lakeville (click to see the map near the top right of this article):
|Precinct 1||Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue—Northwest corner of 210th Street and Holyoke Avenue|
|Precinct 2||St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Avenue—North side of 202nd Street, east of Highview Avenue|
|Precinct 3||Lakeville South High School, 21135 Jacquard Avenue—Southwest corner of Jacquard Avenue and 210th Street|
|Precinct 4||Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 10658 210th Street West—South side of 210th Street, west of Jacquard Avenue|
|Precinct 5||Kenwood Trail Middle School, 19455 Kenwood Trail—West side of Kenwood Trail, just south of 192nd Street|
|Precinct 6||Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 10970 185thStreet West—South side of 185th Street, east of Kenrick Avenue|
|Precinct 7||Evergreen Community Church, 16165 Kenwood Trail—Northwest corner of Klamath Trail (Co. Rd. 46) and Kenwood Trail|
|Precinct 8||Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 9600 163rdStreet West—West side of Ipava Avenue, north of 165th Street|
|Precinct 9||Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 18460 Kachina Court—Northwest corner of 185th Street and Kenwood Trail|
|Precinct 10||Lakeville Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Avenue—Northeast corner of 185th Street and Ipava Avenue|
|Precinct 11||Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Avenue—East side of Ipava Avenue, south of 162nd Street (Co. Rd. 46)|
|Precinct 12||Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Avenue—West side of Ipava Avenue, south of 165th Street|
|Precinct 13||Lakeville Central Maintenance Facility, 7570 179th Street West—West side of Cedar Avenue, south of Dodd Boulevard|
|Precinct 14||Valley Christian Church, 17297 Glacier Way—Northeast corner of Cedar Avenue and Glacier Way|
|Precinct 15||Parkview Elementary School, 6795 Gerdine Path—Northwest corner of Foliage Avenue and Gerdine Path|
|Precinct 16||Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 16200 Dodd Lane—Southeast corner of Dodd Boulevard and Dodd Lane|
|Precinct 17||North Trail Elementary School, 5580 170thStreet West—Southwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and 170thStreet|
More Voting Information
The state of Minnesota has a Voters Bill of Rights and allows for a wide range of allowances for people to get out and vote.
- Employers are required by law to allow employees (you) to be absent from work for the purpose of voting. You cannot be docked wages, personal leave, vacation time, or otherwise penalized in any way for taking the time needed to cast a ballot. So get out there and vote.
- Long lines? Getting late? If you are in line at your polling place any time before 8 p.m., you have the right to vote, even if you ballot is cast after the polls close.
- Nowhere to bring the kids? No worries: you have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.
- Need help to vote? You have the right to request special assistance when voting, and if you need assistance, you may be accompanied into the voting booth by a person of your choice, except by an agent of your employer or union or a candidate.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's website has a number of other useful election day tidbits for those with questions about:
- Getting rides to your Polling Place
- Polling Place and Ballot Accessibility
- Voting Challenges
- Protecting Election Integrity
- Information in other languages
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Voting for People Under Guardianship
- Voting for Students
- Voting When You Are in the Hospital
- Voting When Your Home Is in Foreclosure
- Voting When You Are Homeless
- Voting When You Fear For Your Safety
- Voting Challenges
- Protecting Election Integrity
Register to Vote on Election Day
If you are not registered to vote where you currently live, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.
To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct:
- A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
- A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
- A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
- A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
- An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
- Both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct
- Bills can include any utility bill due within 30 days of election day
- Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
Lakeville will have three different ballots with the only differences coming in the form of legislative races. Check out your sample ballots here, or download them from Patch by clicking the ballots shown near the top right of this article. Remember, if you need to, you can bring a sample ballot with you inside the voting booth.
Who/What is On the Ballot?
Just about everything is on the ballot this year from U.S. President to constitutional amendments to soil and water commissioners. Need some help sorting through all the candidates and questions?
Click on the blue links below to learn more about each candidate. An asterisk (*) denotes incumbents.
Lakeville City Council (top two)
Lakeville School Board (top three)
- * Judy Keliher
- * Bob Erickson
- Terry Lind
- Jennifer Harmening
- Lori Amborn (Dropped out, but still on ballot)
- Bader A. Alossaimi
Minnesota House of Representatives
House District 56B
House District 57A
House Distrct 58A
Senate District 56
Senate District 57
Senate District 58
Dakota County Soil and Water Commissioner
District 1 (Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights)
- * Paul Thomas
- Joan M. Gabriel
- Scott A. Holm
- Williams Hoots, III
- John Ross
- Laura Zanmiller
District 2 (Lakeville, Farmington, Apple Valley)
- * Jason Swenson
- Marian Brown
- Thomas A. Walkington
District 4 (Southeast Townships)
- * Chris Nielsen (running unopposed)
District 5 (Southwest Townships)
- * Joe Meyers (running unopposed)
Dakota County Commissioner
District 6 (Lakeville)
- * Paul Krause (running unopposed)
Second Congressional District (Dakota County, including Lakeville)
- Amy Klobuchar (Democrat)*
- Kurt Bills (Republican)
- Stephen Williams (Independence)
- Tim Davis (Grassroots Party)
- Michael Cavlan (Minnesota Open Progressives)
- Barack Obama (Democrat)*
- Mitt Romney (Republican)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
- James Harris (Socialist Workers Party)
- Virgil Goode (Constitution Party)
- Dean Morstad (Constitutional Government)
- Jill Stein (Green Party)
- Jim Carlson (Grassroots Party)
- Peta Lindsay (Socialism and Liberation)
- Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson (Justice Party)
Recognition of Marriage Amendment
A yes or no question: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?
Marriage between two gay individuals is not currently recognized by Minnesota law. A ballot cast with no vote on this question will count as a "no" vote. This amendment would also invalidate common-law marriages for straight couples.
- See what supporters say: Minnesota for Marriage
- See what opponents say: Minnesotans United for All Families
Voter Identification Amendment
A yes or no question: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?
1st District Court Judicial Races (Dakota County)
- * Arlene M. Asencio Perkkio (running unopposed)
- * David L. Knutson (running unopposed)
- * Diane M. Hanson
- Michael L. Larson
- * Michael J. Meyer (running unopposed)
- * Erica H. MacDonald (running unopposed)
- * Kathryn D. Messerich
- Brian A. Gravely
- * Michael R. Savre (running unopposed)
- * Terry E. Conkel (running unopposed)
Statewide Judicial Races
Chief Justice - Supreme Court:
Associate Justice - Supreme Court 1 (Seat 1):
Associate Justice - Supreme Court 4 (Seat 4):
Judge - Court of Appeals, Seat 6:
- * Renee L. Worke (running unopposed)
Judge - Court of Appeals, Seat 7:
- * Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks (running unopposed)
Other Voting Related Resources
Letters to the editor
City council, school board and mayoral candidate forums
We also have links to Lakeville's local—city council, school board and mayoral—forums. Check them out, too. All three were moderated by the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce and held at Lakeville City Hall.