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The School Board is responsible for the conduct of all district elections. Voting information and records, including campaign finance reports and information about past elections, are included below.

For information about District 196 elections, please contact Peter Shaw, assistant school district attorney at 651-423-7844.

School Board Election – Nov. 7, 2017

District 196 will be holding a general election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to elect three of the seven at-large positions on its School Board. The term of each open position is four years, from January 2018 to January 2022.
Voters can cast their ballot on Election Day at their designated school district polling place (see list below), by absentee ballot or through early in-person voting.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting will begin September 22, 2017. Absentee ballots can be completed by mail or in person at the District Office in Rosemount, 3455 153rd St. W., or at one of the Dakota County government centers located in Apple Valley, Hastings and West St. Paul.
To absentee vote by mail, voters may download an Absentee ballot application and mail the completed application as directed to receive their ballot.

Early In-Person Voting

Early in-person voting will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 6, each business day during regular office hours, at the District Office in Rosemount, (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 6), as well as at the Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings, 1590 Highway 55 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 6).

2017 Polling Places
School District Precinct Combined Precinct Polling Place Location
Combined Precinct 1 Burnsville ‐ Precincts 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 Berean Baptist Church
309 East County Road 42
Burnsville, MN 55337
Combined Precinct 2 Empire Twp,
Farmington ‐ Precinct 5,
Lakeville ‐ Precincts 12, 14, 15 & 16
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
16200 Dodd Lane
Lakeville, MN 55044
Combined Precinct 3 Apple Valley ‐ Precincts 1, 2, 3 & 4 Apple Valley Senior Center
14601 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Combined Precinct 4 Apple Valley – Precincts 5A, 5B & 8 Mount Olivet Assembly of God Church
14201 Cedar Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Combined Precinct 5 Apple Valley – Precincts 6, 12, 14 & 15 Apple Valley Municipal Center
7100 147th Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Combined Precinct 6 Apple Valley – Precincts 9, 11 & 13 ISD 196 District Service Center
14445 Diamond Path West
Rosemount, MN 55068
Combined Precinct 7 Apple Valley – Precincts 7 & 10 Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Combined Precinct 8 Rosemount – Precincts 1, 3 & 5 Our Saviors Church
14980 Diamond Path West
Rosemount, MN 55068
Combined Precinct 9 Coates
Rosemount ‐ Precincts 2, 4, 6 & 7
Vermillion Twp
Community of Hope Church
14401 Biscayne Ave West
Rosemount, MN 55068
Combined Precinct 10 Eagan ‐ Precincts 15 & 17
Inver Grove Heights ‐ Precincts 1, 2 & 3
St. Thomas Becket Church
4455 South Robert Trail
Eagan, MN 55123
Combined Precinct 11 Eagan ‐ Precincts 1, 3, 7 & 8 Eagan Fire Safety Center
1001 Station Trail
Eagan, MN 55123
Combined Precinct 12 Eagan ‐ Precincts 6A, 6B & 13 Easter Lutheran Church (on the hill)
4200 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55122
Combined Precinct 13 Eagan ‐ Precincts 4, 5B, 9A, 9B, 10 & 11 Christ Lutheran Church
1930 Diffley Road
Eagan, MN 55122
Combined Precinct 14 Eagan ‐ Precincts 12, 14 & 16 Chapel Hill Church
4888 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55122

Voting Information

Are you registered to vote?

  • Register to vote online at mnvotes.org – “Register to Vote”
    Check your voter registration status at mnvotes.org – “Registration Lookup”

Do you want to vote early by absentee?

You can request your absentee ballot early—no reason needed. Request an absentee ballot application in one of the following ways:

In person at:

School District 196
3455 153rd St. W
Rosemount 55068
Dakota County
Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley 55124
Dakota County
Administration Center
1590 Hwy. 55
Hastings 55033
Dakota County
Service Center
1 Mendota Rd. W
West St. Paul, 55118

Sample Ballot – To see a sample ballot, go to “Find Your Polling Place.” Once you find your polling place, select “Click here for Sample Ballot.”

Voting in person?

Your polling place may be different than it was for the General Election.
Go to mnvotes.org – “Find Your Polling Place” or call 651-423-7725
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Levy Referendum – Nov. 5, 2013

District 196 faces a projected $30 million budget shortfall over the next two years. This summer, the administration identified $4 million in budget adjustments and efficiencies that will be made beginning this school year, leaving a $6 million shortfall for 2014-15 and another $20 million projected for 2015-16 based on current budget assumptions.

In August, the School Board voted unanimously to place a single levy referendum question on the ballot in the November 5, 2013 election. The choice facing voters is whether or not to revoke the district’s existing levy and replace it with a new 10-year levy for $375 per pupil more than the existing levy. The new levy would generate an additional $10 million per year, which represents approximately 3% of the district’s total annual operating budget. If the levy is approved, total school district taxes on the average-value home would increase by $56 in 2014.

If not approved

The district will make an additional $6 million in budget adjustments for 2014-15, including:

  • Class size increases at all grades;
  • Cuts to curricular and cocurricular programs, including gifted/talented;
  • Increased participation fees, and
  • Elimination of 5th grade band, the Developmental Psychology program at the high schools and 9th grade B-team sports.

In addition, if the levy is not approved the administration would initiate a communitywide process to identify a projected $20 million more in budget adjustments for 2015-16. For context, $20 million would be the equivalent of approximately 300 teaching positions; the district currently has nearly 2,000 total teachers.

If approved

The district would be able to avoid the $6 million in budget adjustments for 2014-15 listed above and lessen the impact of $20 million more in adjustments projected for 2015-16.

More Information

 

Unofficial Election Results
  • Yes votes 14,217
  • No votes 7,124

Campaign Financial Reports