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Alexandria School Board primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 10; have you voted yet?

Three candidates – Jeff Patience, Maureen Eigen and Jeremy Smith – are vying for a special one-year term.

For those who have not yet voted in the Alexandria School Board's primary election, you still have time.

Early voting started June 25 for the primary and voting will continue through the day of the election, Tuesday, Aug. 10. Three candidates – Jeff Patience, Maureen Eigen and Jeremy Smith – are vying for a special one-year term.

Since more than two candidates filed, a primary election will take place and the two candidates with the most votes will be on the ballot for the Nov. 2 special election.

There are a variety of ways to vote:

Vote early in person at the district office

Through Aug. 9, you can vote early in person at the Woodland Elementary Building/District Office at 1410 S. McKay Ave. during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Vote early by mail

Request an absentee ballot by calling 320-762-2141 ext. 4213 or download an application at alexschools.org. Once you have completed the application, return it to the address noted on the back. Once the application is received, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you with instructions. Mail your ballot back in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope that was provided with your ballot materials. Ballots must be received by Aug. 9.

For more information about voting by absentee ballot, including procedures and qualifications, call the District Office at (320) 762-2141 ext. 4213 or email Maggie Timm, Election Clerk at mtimm@alexschools.org.

Vote day of primary election

The primary for the special election is Tuesday, Aug. 10. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Your polling location may be different than the last time you voted. Visit mnvotes.org or call 320-762-2141 ext. 4213 if you have questions about where to vote.

The list of polling locations for this election:

Precinct No. 1: City of Alexandria, Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 2. Voting location – Lake Community Church, 490 Voyager Drive, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 2: City of Alexandria, Ward 2. Voting location – Reach Church (formerly known as Living Waters Church), 1310 North Nokomis, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 3: City of Alexandria, Ward 3. Voting location – New Life Christian Church, 1910 County Road 82 SE, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 4: City of Alexandria, Ward 4. Voting location – The Church of St. Mary, 420 Irving St, Alexandria. (This is a new polling place.)

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Precinct No. 5: City of Alexandria, Ward 5, Precincts 1 and 2. Voting location – Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway.

Precinct No. 6: LaGrand Township. Voting location – LaGrand Town Hall, 501 Town Hall Rd NW, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 7: City of Garfield, Brandon Township, Ida Township, Leaf Valley Township and Moe Township. Voting location – Town Hall, 4700 County Road 6 NW, Garfield.

Precinct No. 8: City of Miltona, Miltona Township and Spruce Hill Township. Voting location – Miltona Community Center, 5590 County Road 14 NE, Miltona.

Precinct No. 9: City of Carlos, Belle River Township and Carlos Township. Voting location – Carlos Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave, Carlos.

Precinct No. 10: City of Nelson, Alexandria Township and Osakis Township. Voting location – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2702 Highway 29 N, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 11: City of Forada and Hudson Township. Voting location – Forada City Fire Hall, 10991 Tobys Ave SE, Alexandria.

Precinct No. 12: Holmes City Township, Lake Mary Township and Reno Township (Pope County). Voting location – Lake Mary Town Hall, 4791 County Rd 4 SW, Alexandria.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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