Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminds voters to vote in the special primary elections being held in Senate District 59 and House District 61B on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
“Primary elections narrow the field of candidates to those who will be on the general election ballot. I encourage voters to have a voice in who will represent them at the legislature by exercising their right to vote and casting a ballot on Tuesday,” said Secretary Ritchie.
The Senate District 59 Special Primary Election is being held to fill the vacancy created when State Senator Lawrence J. Pogemiller was appointed by Governor Dayton to be Director of the Office of Higher Education. The House District 61B Special Primary Election is being held to fill the vacancy created when Representative Jeff Hayden was elected and sworn in to serve as the Senate District 61 state senator.
The candidates on Special Primary Election ballot in State Senate District 59 are: Peter Wagenius (DFL); Jacob Frey (DFL); Kari Dziedzic (DFL); Paul Ostrow (DFL); Alicia Frosch (DFL); Mohamud Noor (DFL); and Ben Schwanke (Republican). The Special Primary Election candidates in House District 61B are: Josh Bassais (DFL); Susan Allen (DFL); Nelson Inz (DFL) and Paul Dennis (DFL).
Extended absentee voting in person will be available at Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Government Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, and on Monday, December 5 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information contact the Hennepin County Auditor at: http://www.hennepin.us/Elections or Minneapolis City Administrator at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/elections/. Voters may register to vote on Election Day with proper proof of residence. For more information about absentee voting or registering to vote visit: www.mnvotes.org.
Additional candidate and special election information is available on the Office of the Secretary of State website at:www.sos.state.mn.us.