While Minnesota doesn't offer early voting, it does offer absentee voting, which begins on Friday, Sept. 20. Those who will be unable to vote on Election Day can vote anytime starting Friday until the day before the election.
There are four reasons to vote absentee:
1. If you will be absent on Election Day.
2. If you are ill or disabled.
3. If you are an election judge in another precinct.
4. If you will be observing a religious holiday.
To apply to vote absentee, you can print out an application from the Secretary of State website and turn it in at the school district office.
If voters have questions they should call the School District Office.
Once turned in, you can vote that day in person or you can vote via USPS mail.
If you are not registered to vote yet and want to vote absentee your identification card or driver's license with a current name and address will be needed. If you've recently moved and your identification has your old address a current utility bill with current address will work.Absentee voting can take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1. In addition, two Saturday sessions are being offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The day before the election, Monday, Nov. 4, voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year's election includes a four-person race for three spots on the school board, and a $10 million levy for District 196.
Three incumbents and one challenger filed candidacy for election to the School Board of Independent School District 196 during the two-week filing period that ended Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.
The four candidates for the Nov. 5, 2013 School Board election are incumbents Art Coulson of Apple Valley, Gary Huusko of Eagan and Mike Roseen of Apple Valley, and challenger Craig Angrimson of Apple Valley.The single ballot question approved by the board will ask voters to revoke the district's existing levy for $1,111 per pupil and replace it with a new 10-year levy for $1,486 per pupil, an increase of $375 per pupil. This would generate an additional $10 million per year for the district. The net tax impact of the additional funding would be $184 per year, or approximately $15 per month, for the owner of the average-value home in the district, which is currently $225,000.