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* Voting & the Election *



Nov. 7:  Yes, there IS an election! Here’s a run down…

School Boards and referendums, City council seats – Tues. Nov. 7.  See what’s on your ballot >

Voting for the School Board Election

Be sure to vote in the November Eden Prairie School Board Election and Minnetonka City Council election November 7. It is important to elect local officials who share our values and you can make a difference when you vote. Many of you have been inquiring on who DFL SD48 supports for Eden Prairie School Board and Minnetonka City Council (the at Large seat).

The following candidates for Eden Prairie School Board have received Letters of Support from SD48 as well as support from local leaders like Councilman Ron Case:

Esra Riggs
Esra Riggs 
Esra Riggs — is an Associate Director of Controls and Risk Assessment at United Health Group with over 20 years of corporate and internal audit experience and an MBA with a finance concentration. She is also a mother of an 8-year- old in Eden Prairie schools who is very familiar with school programs and issues, volunteering in the classroom and library. Esra believes in a strong public school system that interacts and listens to parents and teachers and feels communication must be improved. She is behind a school system that serves all student’s needs, encourages diversity, is dedicated to closing learning gaps and that no child should be hungry at school. Esra and her husband feel that Eden Prairie can benefit from those who have seen other school systems.



Barbara West
Barbara West 
Barbara West — is a Presbyterian Pastor with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies and undergraduate degree in Business Management, spending 30+ years in the Corporate world. Barbara served on the Bloomington Youth Commission for 3 years and works with “at-risk” families in the Southwest Metro. Barbara believes Thomas Jefferson was right about public education being the cornerstone of Democracy and is for the “Designing Pathways” Program, hiring more teachers to reduce class size and ensuring all residents have a voice at the table. If elected she’d work to encourage more communication and voice for families and residents and investment in Eden Prairie schools as important to property values. Barbara raised 3 children and has experience with other school districts and wants youth to have a greater voice.


The following candidate for Eden Prairie School Board did not ask for SD48 support but shares our values and is also supported by Eden Prairie Councilman Ron Case:


Terri Swartout
Terri Swartout 
Terri Swartout — both of the candidates who received SD48 Letters of Support have met with her and believe she has a similar platform. Terri is a product of Eden Prairie schools and has three children currently in Eden Prairie Schools. She is a teacher with an MA in Teaching from St. Mary’s University, and a BS in Health Education/Community Education from St. Cloud State University. Terri is a School Health Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Education. She is running to bridge health and education, advancing education equity and giving youth a greater voice, including ensuring decisions are “young people focused”.



Minnetonka City Council at Large — the following candidate has received a letter of Support from SD48 and the other Senate Districts in the Minnetonka District:


Deb Calvert
Deb Calvert 


Deb Calvert — Deb is a strategic planning veteran and advocates smart growth; meeting changing needs while protecting Minnetonka natural resources. Her priority is public safety and as the wife of a retired firefighter, has a deep regard for public servants and supports the collaborative approach our fire and police departments use to strengthen our community. Deb backs our city leadership in supporting the Southwest Light Rail project that will bring jobs to our area and attract younger residents as well as relieving traffic congestion. She will work for better options for Senior transit. Deb will make decisions based on facts, constituent input, and community needs. Among her many endorsements and supporters are former Minnetonka Mayor, Karen Anderson, Jan Calliston, Hennepin County Commissioner and former Minnetonka Mayor, Shep Harris, Golden Valley Mayor, Amy Klobuchar, Mn US Senator, Jake Spano, St. Louis Park Mayor and many past and present Minnetonka planning Commissioners, State Senators, and State Representatives serving Minnetonka.



P.S. Folks, the GOP usually raises much more money through the PCR than the DFL does. Let’s change that NOW. Please chip in now – we’re counting on you! You can donate in 2017 and again in 2018.

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Seven Candidates Run for Four Open School Board Seats

Seven candidates have filed for the four school board seats that are up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The candidates are Asad Aliweyd, Murshid Barud, Dave Espe (incumbent), John Kohner, Greg Lehman, Jeffery Saxton, and Adam Seidel.

check-mark110x110DFL Senate District 48 has given a letter of support to Asad Aliweyd.

We feel Asad Aliweyd has the strong educational foundation and demonstrated values that we share.

Asad-Aliweyd-logo_cvisit Asad’s website for details

Note: Keep in mind when voting that you may choose up to 4 candidates, however you can optionally indicate only one if you wish, especially if only one candidate strongly supports the public school system.

Polls will be open on election day – Nov. 3 – from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents will vote at their combined polling place due to the odd year election cycle. You must vote in the precinct you live. To find your precinct, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us and enter your current address. Poll locations can be found in the chart below. If you have any questions please contact Laurie Hemstock, Elections Coordinator at 952-975-7072.

Poll Location Precincts
Immanuel Lutheran Church
(6515 Luther Way)
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 272 located in the City of Eden Prairie, Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and the City of Chanhassen, Precinct 1; Hennepin County, Minnesota.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
(3600 Technology Drive)
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 272 located in the City of Eden Prairie, Precincts 4, 7, 8, 11 and 12 and the City of Edina, Precincts 10c and 19c; Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Prairie Lutheran Church
11000 Blossom Road
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District
No. 272 located in the City of Eden Prairie, Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17; Hennepin County, Minnesota
Grace Church
Pioneer Trail & Spring Road
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District
No. 272 located in the City of Eden Prairie, Precincts 9, 10, 18, 19A and 19B; Hennepin County, Minnesota
City of Bloomington Voters For those voters residing in the City of Bloomington, the school district general election will be held in conjunction with the municipal elections in that city and those voters will vote at their regular city polling place.

Absentee Voting – VOTE NOW!

Eden Prairie residents who are eligible to vote can also vote absentee either in person or by mail. Absentee voting for the General Election is available NOW through Nov. 2.

Absentee voting in person

You can vote absentee in person at the Administrative Services Center (8100 School Road) during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are extended until 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 (the last day to vote absentee).

Absentee voting by mail

To obtain an absentee ballot application, you may:

  • download the application,
  • mail your request to: Hennepin County Elections, PSL 012 Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
  • Call: 612-348-5151


Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
  • Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Election Results

The 2015 Election results will be available on the District website and the Hennepin County website following the election.

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2014 Election Turnout

HD48A-EP-Sample-BallotSecretary of State Mark Ritchie announced a preliminary and unofficial number for our Nov. 4 general election of just of 50% (an estimated 1,985,747 participating voters out of 3,945136 eligible voters). Those number should trend upward as outlying counties submit their final numbers.

How do that compare to 2010, the state-wide turnout then was 55.81%. And, in 2006, our turnout rate was 60.47%.  So, the state is not trending in a positive direction.

Did you vote in this election?  The information will be available from the Secretary of State’s office some time soon. When we have a chance, we’ll review the numbers and let you know how our district, and Democrats in the district, did.






How to Register to Vote on Election Day

check-mark110x110Voter Eligibility

To register, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • at least 18 years of age on Election Day
  • a resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • you can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote
  • you cannot vote if a court has ruled you to be legally incompetent.

Registering on Election Day

If you didn’t register to vote before Election Day, you can do so at your local polling location. You’ll need to bring the following proof of residence options with you:

Option 1:  Bring ID with Current Name and Address

  • a valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card or a receipt for any of these
  • a tribal ID card with your name address, photo and signature

Option 2:  Bring Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address

The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device like a smartphone or tablet, etc.

Accepted photo IDs (bring one ID and one document)

  • driver’s license, state ID card or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • United States passport
  • United State military ID card
  • tribal ID card with the name, signature and photo of the voter
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID card

Accepted documents (bring one document and one ID)

  • bill, account or start service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
    • phone (landline, cell, VoIP, etc.)
    • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
    • internet services
    • solid waste or sewer services
    • electric, gas or water
    • banking or credit card
    • rent or mortgage payments
  • residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)

Option 3:  Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others. A voter who registers by being vouched for cannot vouch for others.

Option 4:  College Student ID If a Student Housing List was Provided

College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Options 5:  Valid Registration in the Same Precinct

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election official your previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.

Option 6:  Notice of Late Registration

If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register.

Option 7:  Staff Person of a Residential Facility

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. The staff person must either be on a list provided by the facility before the election or be able to demonstrate employment at the facility.


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Senate District 48 Polling Locations

Your best source for polling locations is the Secretary of State’s Pollfinder.

We are including below the Election Day polling locations from the Eden Prairie and Minnetonka city websites:

Senate District 48 Polling Locations

Polling locations will be open Election Day, November 4, 2014, from 7:00 am to 8:00 PM. If there’s a line when polls close, you’ll be allowed to remain in that line and vote.

You must vote in the precinct in which you live. Each precinct has a polling place.

Eden Prairie

Precinct 1 — Prairie View Elementary School, 17255 Peterborg Road
Precinct 2 — Eden Prairie Assembly of God, 16591 Duck Lake Trl
Precinct 3 — Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way
Precinct 4 — Life Church, 14100 Valley View Rd
Precinct 5 — Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church, 17200 Valley View Rd
Precinct 6 — Christ Lutheran Church, 16900 Main Street
Precinct 7 — City Hill Fellowship, 12901 Roberts Dr
Precinct 9 — Resurrection Life Church, 16397 Glory Ln
Precinct 10 — Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd
Precinct 11 — St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Dr
Precinct 12 — Eden Prairie Community Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr
Precinct 13 — Hennepin Technical College, 13100 College View Dr
Precinct 14 — Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trl
Precinct 15 — Eden Lake Elementary School, 12000 Anderson Lakes Parkway
Precinct 16 — Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trl
Precinct 17 — Prairie Lutheran Church, 11000 Blossom Rd
Precinct 18 — Prairie Community Church, 9145 Eden Prairie Rd
Precinct 19a — Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Rd
Precinct 19b — Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Rd


Ward 1, Precinct A — Glen Lake Elementary School, 4801 Woodridge Rd
Ward 1, Precinct D — Faith Presbyterian Church, 12007 Excelsior Blvd
Ward 3, Precinct F — Minnetonka United Methodist, 17611 Lake Street Extension
Ward 4, Precinct A — Ridgewood Church, 4420 County Road 101
Ward 4, Precinct B — Minnetonka School District Service Center, 5701 County Road 101
Ward 4, Precinct C — Scenic Heights Elementary, 5650 Scenic Heights Dr
Ward 4, Precinct D — Redeemer Bible Church, 16205 State Highway 7
Ward 4, Precinct E — All Saints Lutheran Church, 1591 Excelsior Blvd
Ward 4, Precinct F — The Glenn, 5300 Woodhill Rd


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