Election day is nearly upon us—Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the big day—and 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: federal, 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
Apple Valley has 16 voting precincts and Rosemount has seven voting precincts; all will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To find the precinct in which you will vote, check the secretary of state's website, which has a very easy-to-use polling place finder.
Here are the polling sites in Apple Valley (click to see the map near the top right of this article):Site Location Precinct 1 Redwood Community Center
311 150th St. NW
Hayes Community and Senior Center
14601 Hayes Road
Westview Elementary School
225 Garden View Drive
14603 Hayes Road Precinct 5A Hope Church
7477 145th St. W. Precinct 5B
Mount Olivet Assembly of God Church
14201 Cedar Ave. Precinct 6
Augustana Health Care Center
14650 Garrett Ave. Precinct 7
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Precinct 8
Greenleaf Elementary School
13333 Galaxie Ave. Precinct 9
Community of Christ Church
5990 134th St. Court W. Precinct 10 South Suburban Evangelical Free Church
12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Precinct 11 ISD 196 District Service Center
14445 Diamond Path Precinct 12 Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church
14401 Pilot Knob Road Precinct 13 Diamond Path Elementary School
14455 Diamond Path Precinct 14 Apple Valley Municipal Center
7100 147th St. W. Precinct 15
River Valley Church
14898 Energy Way
Here are the polling sites in Rosemount (click to see the map near the top right of this article):Site Location Precinct 1 Rosemount Community Center
13885 S. Robert Trail Precinct 2 St. John's Lutheran Church
14385 Blaine Ave. E. Precinct 3 Shannon Park Elementary School
13501 Shannon Parkway Precinct 4 Rosemount Steeple Center
14375 S. Robert Trail Precinct 5 Lutheran Church of Our Savior
14980 Diamond Path Precinct 6 Rosemount United Methodist Church
14770 Canada Ave. Precinct 7 Community of Hope Lutheran Church
14401 Biscayne Ave. W.
More Voting Information
The state of Minnesota has a Voters Bill of Rights and has 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 your ballot is cast after the polls close.
- Nowhere to leave 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.
Apple Valley City Council (top two)
Rosemount City Council (top two)
Minnesota House of Representatives
House District 57A
House District 57B
Senate District 57
Dakota County Soil and Water Commissioner
District 1 (Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount)
- * Paul Thomas
- Joan M. Gabriel
- Scott A. Holm
- William 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 4 (Rosemount)
District 7 (Apple Valley)
- Chris Gerlach
- Victoria "Vicki" Swanson
Second Congressional District (Dakota County, including Lakeville)
- Amy Klobuchar (Democrat)*
- Kurt Bills (Republican)
- Stephen Williams (Independence)
- Barack Obama (Democrat)*
- Mitt Romney (Republican)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
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:
- * Lorie Skjerven Gildea
- Dan Griffith
Associate Justice - Supreme Court 1 (Seat 1):
- * Barry Anderson
- Dean Barkley
Associate Justice - Supreme Court 4 (Seat 4):
- * David R. Stras
- Tim Tingelstad
Judge - Court of Appeals, Seat 6:
- * Renee L. Worke (running unopposed)
Judge - Court of Appeals, Seat 7:
- * Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks (running unopposed)