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Early Voting Starts Friday For 2022 Primary: How To Vote In Woodbury

Patch logo Patch 6/23/2022 Jason Addy
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WOODBURY, MN — Woodbury residents can cast their votes for the Aug. 9 primary elections as soon as Friday.

Early voting runs from June 24 through Aug. 8 in Minnesota. During that period, registered voters can vote early by submitting an absentee ballot at their local elections offices. Residents can also register in person to vote early with proof of residence, according to Minnesota election officials.

Woodbury residents can cast their early votes or drop off completed primary ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays through Aug. 5 at the following locations:

  • Woodbury Central Park — 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury
  • Washington County Government Center — 14949 62nd St. N, Stillwater
  • Cottage Grove Service Center — 13000 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove
  • Oakdale City Hall — 1584 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale
  • Headwaters Service Center — 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake

Those locations will also accept mail-in ballots from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

Residents can also mail their completed ballots to the Washington County Elections Division: 14949 62nd Street N., Stillwater, MN 55082. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by Election Day.

Click here for a 2022 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application or click here to register to vote online.

Key dates to know for early voting

  • Early voting period: June 24 — Aug. 8
  • Early registration deadline: July 19
  • Election Day, deadline to return mail-in ballot: Tuesday, Aug. 8
    • Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Offices on Ballot

Minnesotans can view a sample ballot by using the state's "What's on my ballot?" tool.

Woodbury residents will see several statewide races on their Aug. 9 primary ballots, as well as a congressional primary and a $462 million funding request from South Washington County Schools.

Gov. Tim Walz is seeking re-election alongside Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and will face competition for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nomination during the primary from Ole Savior and Julia M. Parker, who also filed as DFL candidates for those offices.

Former state Sen. Scott Jensen — who earned the Republican Party's endorsement at its convention last month — has selected former Minnesota Vikings player Matt Birk as his running mate. They will face primary competition from two sets of candidates.

Joyce Lacey and Kent Edwards filed to run together, while Bob "Again" Carney Jr. listed Captain Jack Sparrow as his running mate, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office.

Steve Patterson and Matt Huff are running for the Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis party's nomination for governor against Darrell Paulsen and Ed Engelmann, while James McCaskel and David Sandbeck face competition from Chris Wright and L.C. Lawrence Converse for the Legal Marijuana Now party's nomination.

Incumbent Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon faces a primary challenge from Steve Carlson for the DFL's nomination in his race for re-election, while Kim Crockett and Erik van Mechelen will face off Aug. 9 for the Republican Party's nomination.

Bill Dahn is challenging incumbent Attorney General Keith Ellison in the DFL primary Aug. 9, and Jim Schultz, Doug Wardlow and Sharon Anderson have filed to appear as candidates for the office on Republican primary ballots.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is set to face two challengers in the DFL primary Aug. 9. Amane Badhasso and Fasil Moghul also filed to run in the DFL primary.

The Republican primary for that office is a race between Gene Rechtzigel, Jerry Silver and May Lor Xiong, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office.

There will be no primary elections in Woodbury-area races for seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate.

SoWashCo Funding Request

Voters in the South Washington County Schools system will also see a $462 million referendum on their 2022 primary ballots.

SoWashCo officials say the 10-year, nine-figure plan is necessary for the district to reduce overcrowding and prepare to deal with growing enrollment figures.

The $462 million proposal recommends renovations and upgrades at almost all of the district's two dozen schools, including classroom additions, new cafeterias and specialized learning spaces.

It also calls for Newport Elementary’s closure and conversion into a new early childhood learning center; a relocation of Crestview Elementary; and attendance boundary shifts.

If the referendum is approved, officials have said they plan to spend about $195 million for upgrades and renovations at elementary schools, $59 million on middle schools and about $160 million on high schools. About $47.5 million of the referendum funds would be used for special education and support sites, officials said.

None of the recommended projects would be completed before the start of the 2025-26 school year, officials said.

Proposed Ballot QuestionShall the board of Independent School District No. 833 (South Washington County Schools), Minnesota be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $462,660,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to, construction of two elementary schools, expansion of three high schools, improvements to facilities districtwide and land acquisition?

BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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