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School Board Special Election Absentee and Early Voting Begins September 17

September 16, 2021


The Lakeville Area School Board special election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and absentee and early voting begins Friday, Sept. 17. 

The first question will ask voters which candidate they would like to fill a vacant seat with a term expiring on January 2, 2023. This vacancy occurred last January after former member Zach Duckworth vacated the School Board. Four candidates filed to be on the ballot question and they are Carly Anderson, Cinta Schmitz, Edward Reuben Spinner, and Diane Wolden.

The second question will ask voters whether the size of the School Board should be increased from a six-member board to a seven-member board. School Board members voted to bring this question forward to resident voters after community requests of the School Board to consider adding an additional seat. 

Voters can save time on Election Day and vote early by U.S. Mail or may cast a ballot in person at the following locations: 

Dakota County residents of ISD #194 who reside in any of the locations listed below can vote early by U.S. Mail or may cast a ballot in person at the ISD #194 District Offices, 17630 Juniper Path in Lakeville or at the Dakota County Administrative Centers:

  • Burnsville Precinct 11
  • Burnsville Precinct 15
  • Burnsville Precinct 16
  • Eureka Township  

Scott County residents of ISD #194 who reside in any of the locations listed below can vote early by U.S. Mail or may cast a ballot in person at the ISD #194 District Offices, 17630 Juniper Path, in Lakeville. Absentee/Early Voting IS NOT available at the Scott County Administrative Center.  

  • New Market Township
  • Spring Lake Township
  • City of Elko New Market
  • City of Credit River 

Absentee ballots are available beginning Sept. 17. To absentee vote, voters must complete an Absentee Ballot Application. Return the completed application email to deanna.werner@isd194.org or mail it back to the address provided on the applications. Your absentee ballot materials will be mailed via U.S. Mail to the address indicated on the application.

Absentee ballots must be received on or before Election Day to be counted. Any ballot that is received after 3 p.m. on Election Day will not be opened. Additional voting information can be found on the MN Secretary of State website.

Early in-person voting will be available at the Lakeville Area Schools District Office beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 26 for voters who reside in the same areas listed above. The times are listed below:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions regarding school district elections can be directed to Deanna Werner, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board, at 952-232-2001 or deanna.werner@isd194.org.