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Voting information

Voting is an important right and responsibility for qualified U.S. citizens (see voter requirements below). Voting gives you a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will make decisions on issues that are important to you.

Here’s how you can make a difference in the election process:

  • Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by exercising your right to vote.
  • Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote.
  • Learn what’s going on in your country and community.
  • Contact public officials about issues that are important to you.

Primary Election—August 11

On August 11, the City held a Primary Election in Council District II because three people had filed to run for that district's Council seat. The results of the Primary determined that Andrew Carlson and Tom Hulting will be listed on the General Election ballot as candidates for the seat.

General Election—November 3

The General Election on November 3 will include Mayor, Councilmember and School Board offices. The following individuals have filed to run for office in 2015.

League of Women Voters candidate testimonials are provided below for the mayoral and council candidates.

Mayoral candidates and video testimonials

The candidates for Mayor are:

  • Jim Mead
  • Gene Winstead

Councilmember—District I candidates and video testimonials

The candidates for Councilmember—District I are:

  • Dwayne A. Lowman
  • Johnathon McClellan

Councilmember—District II candidates and video testimonials

The candidates for Councilmember—District II are:

  • Andrew Carlson
  • Tom Hulting

Councilmember—At‑Large candidates and video testimonials

The candidates for Councilmember—At-Large are:

  • Tim Busse
  • Kevin Heinen

School board candidates—School District 271

  • Three Bloomington School District 271 School Board Directors will be elected.
  • The candidates for School Board are:

    • Maureen Bartolotta
    • Dick Bergstrom
    • Nelly Korman
    • Nicole Robinson
    • Paige Rohman
    • Carmelisa Scott
  •  ​All School Board candidates were invited to participate in video testimonials. Candidates who responded or who could participate are shown in the videos below.
  • Visit the Bloomington Public Schools website for information about the school board election.

City Council candidate contact information

Mayor (Four year term)

Gene Winstead
9632 Xerxes Rd
Bloomington MN 55431

Jim Mead
4202 W 108th St
Bloomington MN 55437

Councilmember—At‑Large candidates (Four year term)

Tim Busse
2909 W 97th St
Bloomington MN 55431

Kevin Heinen
1818 Haeg Dr
Bloomington MN 55431

Councilmember— District I (Four year term)

Dwayne A. Lowman
2400 W 102nd St #210
Bloomington MN 55431

Johnathon McClellan
3900 W 102nd St
Bloomington, MN 55437

Councilmember— District II (Four year term)

Andrew Carlson
4642 Heritage Hills Dr
Bloomington, MN 55437

Tom Hulting
6717 Auto Club Rd
Bloomington MN 55438
Tom Hulting for Council

School Board candidate contact information

At-large candidates (Four year term, three open positions)

Maureen Bartolotta
9349 Hyland Creek Cr
Bloomington, MN 55437

Dick Bergstrom
10025 Girard Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431

Nelly Korman
9240 Upton Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431

Michael Poke
7603 Bristol Village Cv
Bloomington, MN 55438

Nicole Robinson
10221 Cavell Cr
Bloomington, MN 55438

Paige Rohman
8508 Zenith Cr S
Bloomington, MN 55431

Carmelisa Scott
1530 E 82nd St
Bloomington, MN 55425

General info about voting

Become an Election Judge

Citizens are encouraged to serve as election judges as an opportunity to learn more about elections and to provide a great service to the community. Election judges are entitled to paid time off from their employer. The City of Bloomington pays its judges the following rates:

  • Students (ages 16 - 17) – $9 per hour
  • Regular election judges – $10.25 per hour
  • Assistant head judges – $11.25 per hour
  • Head judges – $12 per hour

To learn more, click the following links or contact the Elections Office at 952-563-8729.

Political divisions and maps

Absentee ballots, regular voters - Vote by mail

Submit your completed absentee ballot application to Hennepin County Elections either in person, by mail, email or fax:

Hennepin County Elections
PSL 012 Government Center
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis  MN  55487
Fax:  612-348-2151

When you'll receive your mailed ballot

  • If you apply more than 46 days before the election, your ballot will be mailed to you at least 46 days prior to the election.
  • If you apply within 46 days of the election, your ballot will be mailed to you within a day or two of your application being received. 

How to return your voted absentee ballot

  • Voted ballots must be received on or before election day in one of the following ways:

Return by mail

Mail your ballot back in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope that was provided with your ballot materials.

  • Ballot must be received on or before election day.
  • If you don't think your ballot will be received in time using regular mail, you may choose to pay for an express delivery service.

Return in person

  • Return your own ballot in person to Hennepin County Elections or to the Bloomington City Clerk’s Office
    • by 5 p.m. on the day before the election
  • Someone else may return your voted ballot to Hennepin County Elections or to the Bloomington City Clerk’s Office
    • by 3 p.m. on election day
    • Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters. 

Absentee ballots, regular voters - Vote in person

Starting 46 days before an election, you may vote in person at:

Bloomington City Hall
City Clerk’s Office
1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington  MN  55431

In person voting hours are:

  • During regular hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • During extended hours before Election Day:
    • Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Monday before Election Day, until 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots - Military and overseas voters

If you are in the military or living overseas, see Hennepin County's link for military and overseas voter services.

Voting assistance

All polling sites are accessible. They can help you in several ways.

Ask the election judges for assistance:

  • To read or mark a ballot.
  • To obtain a magnifying device or a chair to use in the voting booth.
  • To vote at the curb.
  • To use an AutoMARK voter assist terminal.

For more information, contact any of the following:


Am I registered to vote? 

To find out if you are registered to vote, use the Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup Service.

How do I register to vote?

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days on Election Day.
  • Maintain residence at the address on the voter registration application.

You must re-register if you have:

  • Moved to a different address (even if only the apartment number has changed).
  • Changed your name.
  • Have not voted once within the last four years.          


In Minnesota, you can preregister up until 20 days before Election Day. If the election is within 20 days, you must register at your polling place on Election Day. Once you are registered, you will receive a postcard with your voting information, and your name will appear on the list of pre-registered voters at your polling place.

Election Day registration

To register at the polling place on Election Day, you must have authorized proof of residence:

  • Valid Minnesota Driver's License, Learner's Permit or receipt of either with current address located in precinct.
  • Valid Minnesota I.D. or receipt with current address located in precinct.
  • A registered voter in the precinct who can vouch for you.
  • Registration in the same precinct indicating a previous name or address.
  • Mailed notice from the Registration Office indicating late registration.
  • A tribal I.D. with name, address, signature, and picture of the individual.

Voters may register with a combination of two documents: one photo ID and one current bill (see below for specifics).

  • The Photo ID must contain voter's current name and photo. It may contain the voter's old address or lack an address. Approved photo IDs:
    • MN Driver's License
    • MN State ID
    • MN post-secondary student ID
    • Tribal ID
    • U.S. Military ID
    • U.S. Passport
  • The current bill (delivered electronically or by mail) must show voter's current name and address in the precinct. The following bills are acceptable:

    • Utility bill, due within 30 days of the Election Day (electric, garbage, gas, Internet service, sewer, solid waste, telephone—land line, cell or VOIP, TV—cable or satellite, water)
    • Rent statement dated within 30 days of the Election Day that itemizes utilities
    • Current student fee statement

How does the AutoMARK terminal assist individuals with disabilities?

The voters receive the same optical scan paper ballot whether they will vote using a pen or the AutoMARK ballot marking device. The AutoMARK is a tool - an "electronic pen" - to assist the voter in marking the ballot. The AutoMARK has special features to assist voters with disabilities that make it difficult to mark an optical scan paper ballot (i.e. blind, poor eyesight, unable to hold a pen). When the voter inserts the ballot into the AutoMARK, an electronic version of the ballot appears on the screen. The screen provides options for reverse contrast, enlargement for easier reading, or for being turned off for privacy if a voter chooses to access the ballot by using earphones and keypad. The recorded audio description of the ballot can be used in place of or in conjunction with the visual version on the screen. The voter makes selections by the touch screen, the keypad, or alternative adaptive method.

The AutoMARK ballot marking device provides voters the opportunity to review and verify their selections. Upon the voter's direction, the AutoMARK marks the ovals on the optical scan ballot. The voter then inserts the ballot into the DS200 ballot counter used by all voters in the precinct. The voting process remains the same for voters who do not need the assistance of the AutoMARK for marking a ballot. Votes are tallied by the ballot counter to produce precinct results.

For further information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 952-563-8729 or find more information about AutoMARK on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

What hours are polling places open on Election Day? 

Polling sites are open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where can I download a sample ballot?

Where do I go to vote?

Voters may visit to find helpful online voter tools and resources including:

  • absentee ballot look-up
  • absentee ballot applications
  • online voter registration application
  • polling place finder
  • precinct caucus finder
  • voter registration status look-up
  • sample ballot viewer


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City Clerk's Office staff