Betts and Spencer are running unopposed for four-year terms. However, voters can write in names of other candidates if they prefer. Other Independence City Councilors are Norm Wenck, Brad Fisher and Mayor Marvin Johnson.
Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voting on Nov. 5.
Independence residents may cast absentee ballots if they are unable to vote in person on election day because they are absent from the precinct, ill or have a disability, observing a religious discipline or religious holiday, serving as an election judge in another precinct or prevented by an eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by federal or state government.
City hall will be open extended hours for absentee voting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4. Anyone who is unable to vote in person at City Hall can complete an absentee ballot application and fax it to the city of Independence at 763-479-0528 or bring it to City Hall. Applications for absentee ballots are available on the Independence city website at www.independence.govoffice.com. Click on “elections.”
For people who are in the military or residing overseas, there is a different process for applying and voting by absentee ballot. Visit the Hennepin County website for more information.
– Compiled by Susan Van Cleaf