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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.

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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:  | 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 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):

Site Location 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.

Other Stuff

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

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

Sample Ballots

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 Mayor

Lakeville City Council (top two)

Lakeville School Board (top three)

Minnesota House of Representatives

House District 56B

House District 57A

House Distrct 58A

Minnesota Senate

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)

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)

U.S. House

Second Congressional District (Dakota County, including Lakeville)

U.S. Senate

  • Amy Klobuchar (Democrat)*
  • Kurt Bills (Republican)
  • Stephen Williams (Independence)
  • Tim Davis (Grassroots Party)
  • Michael Cavlan (Minnesota Open Progressives)

Presidential Race

  • 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)

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 marriages 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?

1st District Court Judicial Races (Dakota County)

Judge 2

  • * Arlene M. Asencio Perkkio (running unopposed)

Judge 6

  • * David L. Knutson (running unopposed)

Judge 10

  • * Diane M. Hanson
  • Michael L. Larson

Judge 14

  • * Michael J. Meyer (running unopposed)

Judge 19

  • * Erica H. MacDonald (running unopposed)

Judge 20

  • * Kathryn D. Messerich
  • Brian A. Gravely

Judge 26

  • * Michael R. Savre (running unopposed)

Judge 29

  • * Terry E. Conkel (running unopposed)

Statewide Judicial Races

Chief Justice - Supreme Court:

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:

Judge - Court of Appeals, Seat 7:

Other Voting Related Resources

Letters to the editor

Lakeville Patch has received dozens of letters to the editor supporting and opposing a host of candidates and election related topics. Check them out.

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.

  • Mayor (Held Oct. 9)
  • City Council (Held Oct. 16)
  • School Board (Held Oct. 2)

Campaign finance

  • Lakeville's mayoral and city council candidate campaign finance reports
  • Lakeville's legislative candidate campaign finance reports
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian ) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Derrick Williams November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Good call. The list has been updated. It's now fully comprehensive.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Dave Munoz November 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Sorry for this question if it is obvious...but can I vote early...today...in Lakeville?
Derrick Williams November 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
As far as I can tell, you can.

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