Hennepin County voters head to polls Aug. 12

All Minnesota registered voters can vote in the Tuesday, Aug. 12, state primary.

Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Rogers, all residents who live on the north side of Interstate 94 live in Precinct One and will vote at the Rogers Activity Center located at 21080 141st Avenue (Co. Rd. 144). Voting is located in the upstairs activity room. All residents who live on the south side of Interstate 94 live in Precinct Two and will vote at the Rogers Community Room located at 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers (shared building with Rogers Fire Department).

In Corcoran, voters will vote at city hall, 8200 County Rd. 116.

Medina has two voting precincts that run along school district boundaries: Precinct 1A & Precinct 1B. Use the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Finder to find your voting location, maps, and the districts that represent you. Orono (ISD #278) and Delano (ISD #879) school districts within the city vote at Precinct 1A, which is located at City Hall, 2052 County Rd. 24, Medina. Wayzata (ISD #284) and Rockford (ISD #883) school districts within the City vote at Precinct 1B, which is located at the Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Medina, MN 55340.

In Greenfield, the polling location is the city hall, 7738 Commerce Circle.

In Independence, the polling location is at city hall, 1920 County Rd. 9.



Republican Party voters will choose from these candidates for statewide races:

U.S. Senator: David Carlson, O. Savior, Jim Abeler, Mike McFadden, Patrick Munro.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Marty Seifert and Pam Myhra, Kurt Zellers and Dean Simpson, Merrill Anderson and Mark Anderson, Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle, Scott Honour and Karin Housley.

Secretary of State: Dan Severson.

State Auditor: Randy Gilbert.

Attorney General: Sharon Anderson, Scott Newman.



Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voters will choose among these races and candidates:

U.S. Senator: Al Franken, Sandra Henningsgard.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Leslie Davis and Gregory K. Soderberg, Mark Dayton and Tina Smith, Bill Dahn and James Vigliotti.

Secretary of State: “Dick” Franson, Gregg A. Iverson, Steve Simon.

State Auditor: Rebecca Otto, Matt Entenza.

Attorney General: Lori Swanson.



Independence Party voters will choose among these offices and candidates:

U.S. Senator: Steve Carlson, Kevin Terrell, Jack Shepard, Stephen Williams, Tom Books.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke.

Secretary of State: David A. Singleton, Bob Helland.

State Auditor: Patrick Dean.

Attorney General: Brandon Borgos.

The top vote getter in each of the state races will go on to the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election ballot.

In order to be eligible to vote, residents need to be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day and a resident of Minnesota for 20 days. Registration can be completed on Election Day if proper identification can be provided (such as a drivers license, U.S. passport, military ID card, etc.)

Additional information about voter eligibility and elections can be found at sos.state.mn.us.



Hennepin County residents will see two contested judgeships on their ballots. Twelve candidates have filed for two open judge positions in the 4th District Court, which encompasses all of Hennepin County. These races are non-partisan.

Seven candidates are seeking the Dist. 43 judge spot: Jason T. Hutchison, Brian C. Hagerty, Paul Scoggin, Mark Gabriel Giancola, Glen A. Norton, Daniel Cragg and Bridget Ann Sullivan. Incumbent Janet Poston did not file for re-election.

Five candidates have filed for the Dist. 61 judge position: Amy Dawson, Beverly J. Aho, Steven E. Antolak, Jean M. Brandl and Mark E. Arneson. Current judge Robert Small is not seeking re-election.

The top two vote getters will move on to the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Voters will choose among three partisan ballots. Voters must choose one political party only, and vote only among those party candidates.