Primary election beckons Bloomington voters

It’s a warm-up exercise, and an important one for those whose name appears on next month’s Bloomington ballot.

The Bloomington City Council has two primary elections, and polls across the city will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, to reduce the field from four to two in a pair of city council races.

Four candidates are seeking the city’s District 2 seat, representing precincts in the southwest portion of the city, and all Bloomington voters are invited to their precinct polling place to cast a ballot for one of four candidates in an at-large race.

The top two candidates in each race will be joined on the November ballot by two candidates who have filed for districts 3 and 4. The November ballot will also feature candidates for the Bloomington Board of Education. The school board race does not have a primary election, and the filing period for that seat begins Aug. 1.

To vote in the city council primary election, voters must be at least 18 years old on Election Day, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election. Voters with a felony conviction must have the conviction record discharged, expired or completed. Voters may not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked voting rights and may not be ruled legally incompetent by a court of law.

Voters who are not registered in their Bloomington precinct may register and vote on Election Day. To register, voters must present one of several forms of identification with their name and current address at their polling place. Accepted forms of identification include a Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or identification card, or a receipt for the application. Also accepted are U.S. passports, military identification card, a tribal identification cards or state university, college or technical college photo identification cards if the college has provided a student housing list to election officials.

A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address, or a notice of late registration sent by the county auditor or city clerk is also accepted.

A registered voter in the precinct may also vouch for an unregistered voter with a signed oath.

Photo identification with a voter’s former addresses, when presented along with a rent statement or utility bill from the voter’s new precinct address, will be accepted for Election Day registration. The utility bill must be issued in the 30 days prior to Election Day.

Where do I vote?

Bloomington has 32 precincts. A map of the precincts, the polling places and their addressed is available through the city’s website. The Secretary of State’s website will identify which precinct Bloomington residents live in. The information is available online at

For this year’s elections, voters in Precinct 17 will vote at the Hyland Hills Ski Chalet, 8800 Chalet Road, instead of at Peace Lutheran Church due to renovation work at the church, according to Bloomington City Clerk Janet Lewis.

Election results will appear online Tuesday night, Aug. 8, at, and in the Aug. 17 edition of the Bloomington Sun-Current.

Additional voting information – including video of last week’s League of Women Voters primary candidate forum – is available online at


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