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Burnsville Voter's Guide: What to Know Before Hitting the Polls Nov. 6

Patch's election 2012 voter's guide for residents of Burnsville and Savage: 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 Burnsville Patch wants to make sure you're equipped with information. Every vote matters. We want to make sure you get your red sticker.

For Election Night Results

First things 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.

Who Is Eligible To Vote?

Eligible voters must U.S. citizens aged 18 years or older. To vote at a Minnesota polling place a voter must have maintained residence in the state for 20 days immediately preceding the election (if you don't fit that criteria you must vote via absentee ballot in the state of your previous residence).

There are some exceptions, which some Dakota County residents found out the hard way after the election in 2008 (those who knowingly violate this law could be charged with a felony). According to current Minnesota statute, the following people are not eligible to vote:

  • Those convicted of treason or any felony whose civil rights have not been restored.
  • Those under a guardianship in which the court order revokes the ward's right to vote. And
  • Those found by a court of law to be legally incompetent.

Register to Vote on Election Day

It's too late to register early, but you can still register on at the polls on Nov. 6. 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

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.

Other Stuff

The Minnesota Secretary of State's website has a number of other useful election day tidbits for those with questions about:

Sample Ballots

It doesn't hurt to study up before you get to the precinct. Get a sneak preview of the ballot here: 

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.

Burnsville Mayor

Burnsville City Council (top two)

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board 

Four-year Term (Top three will be winners)

Two-year Term

Prior Lake-Savage School District

Four-year Term

  • Dan White
  • Nathan Brening
  • Thomas Anderson
  • Chad Rittenour

Two-year Term

  • Lee Shimek

Minnesota House of Representatives

House District 51A

House District 56A

House District 56B

Minnesota Senate

Senate District 51

Senate District 56

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

Dakota County Commissioner

District 5 (Burnsville)

Scott County Commissioner

District 5 (Savage) 

*Jon Ulrich 

U.S. House

Second Congressional District (Dakota County, including Lakeville)

U.S. Senate

  • Amy Klobuchar (Democrat)*
  • Kurt Bills (Republican)
  • Stephen Williams (Independence)

Presidential Race

  • Barack Obama (Democrat)*
  • Mitt Romney (Republican)
  • Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Constitutional Amendments

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 marraiges for straight couples.

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?

Where to Vote

Burnsville has  three new ones thanks to legislative redistricting. 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 Burnsville:

Site Location Precinct 1 Sioux Trail Elementary School, 2802 River Hills Dr.
Precinct 2  St. James Lutheran Church, 3650 Williams Dr. 
Precinct 3  Vista View Elementary School, 13109 County Rd. 5
Precinct 4  Sky Oaks Elementary School, 100 E. 134th St.
Precinct 5  *Eden Baptist Church, 1313 Highway 13
Precinct 6  William Byrne Elementary School, 11608 River Hills Dr. Precinct 7  Neill Elementary, 13409 Upton Ave. S.
Precinct 8  Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway
Precinct 9  *Gideon Pond Elementary School, 613 E. 130th St. 
Precinct 10  , 3333 E. Cliff Rd.
Precinct 11  Crossroads Church, 14300 Burnsville Pkwy.
Precinct 12  Grace United Methodist Church, 15309 Maple Island Rd.
Precinct 13  Berean Baptist Church, 309 E. County Rd 42
Precinct 14  Echo Park Elementary, 14100 County Rd. 11
Precinct 15  Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 15601 Maple Island Rd.
Precinct 16  Buck Hill Ski Resort, 15400 Buck Hill Rd.  Precinct 17  *Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Rd 42

There are eight polling places in Savage. Note than many have changed, due to redistricting:

Site Location Precinct 1  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St. Precinct 2  Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Road Precinct 3  Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive Precinct 4  St. Mary Magdalene Lutheran Church, 14225 Quentin Avenue S. Precinct 5  McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave. Precinct 6  Bethesda Church, 15033 South Highway 13 Precinct 7  Bridgewood Church, 6201 W 135th Street Precinct 8  O'Connell Fire Station, 14321 O'Connell Road
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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