2021 School Board Election
Westonka School Board Election Nov. 2
Westonka voters will have the opportunity this fall to elect three school board members for four-year terms. The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are two combined polling places:
- Mount Olive Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 5218 Bartlett Blvd., Mound
- School district offices, Educational Service Center community room, 5901 Sunnyfield Rd. E., Minnetrista
To determine your polling location, use the Secretary of State pollfinder, http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.
There are seven individuals running for the three seats. They include incumbents Brian Carlson, Loren D. Davis and Gary W. Wollner and challengers Katie Holt, Rachael Myers, Kathleen A. Olesinski and Gregory Snyder.
Absentee or Early Voting
In-person absentee/early voting for the November election will begin Friday, Sept. 17 and continue through Monday, Nov. 1 at the school district offices, 5901 Sunnyfield Rd. E, Minnetrista. Absentee voting is being conducted during regular office hours Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the last day for absentee voting, Nov. 1, the office will be open until 5 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26, through the end of the absentee period, voters will be able to cast their ballots by inserting them directly into a ballot counter, just as they would on Election Day. This process, informally known as “direct balloting,” was first used in Minnesota in 2016. Direct balloting takes the place of the usual absentee voting procedure that requires voters to fold their ballots and seal them in a series of envelopes, although the envelope process may still be used if a voter prefers.
All absentee voters must fill out an absentee ballot application.
Receiving an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Absentee voting by mail is handled by Hennepin County. Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed to them by filling out an absentee application and returning it to Hennepin County Elections Division or the school district office. Send the completed application to
Hennepin County Elections
300 S. 6th St MC 012
Minneapolis MN 55487-0012
or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent Delivery and Return
Voters who have received a ballot by mail will use the envelope provided to return the ballot to Hennepin County. However, during the last week they can also drop it off themselves to the school district office or have someone (an agent) deliver it before 3 p.m. on Election Day. Beginning Oct. 26, persons who are in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility or otherwise incapacitated may request to have an agent deliver them an absentee ballot packet and return it to the school district office. Such requests must include a form for agent delivery in addition to the regular absentee application, and be received by 2 p.m. on Nov. 2. Agent delivered ballots must be returned by 3 p.m. Nov. 2. Any agent returning a ballot must be over 18 and have a relationship with the voter and will be required to show identification and sign a log. Agents may not request or return a ballot for more than three persons. Absentee applications and agent delivery applications are available on the Minnesota Secretary of State and Westonka School District websites.