Voting Information

Voters in School District 197 will be asked to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, to elect four school board members, vote on a capital project technology levy renewal, and vote on a new operating levy.

Absentee voting begins on September 22, 2023. Any voter may vote absentee—you do not need a reason. 

In order to vote in this election you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • A School District 197 resident
  •  Not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
  • As long as a judge has not restricted your right to vote through a court order, you have the right to vote.

School District Elections Contact

Mary Amidon
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/School Board


What is on the ballot?

General Election/School Board Seats: Voters will select up to four individuals to fill four open seats on the ISD 197 School Board. The following candidates have filed their Affidavit of Candidacy to appear on the ballot in November (names in alphabetical order): 

  • Tim Aune, Mendota Heights
  • Rowen Elsmore, West St. Paul
  • Barbara Kessler, West St. Paul
  • Byron Schwab, West St. Paul
  • Morgan Steele, West St. Paul
  • Randi Walz, West St. Paul

Special Election/Referendum: Voters will vote yes or no on a Referendum Revenue Authorization and a renewal of an expiring Capital Project Levy Authorization for Technology.

Learn more here

Register to Vote

Voters must be registered with their current name and current address. Voters who have moved or changed their name since the last election must re-register. Voters are encouraged to pre-register so your name will appear on the voter registration list of voters at the polls. This will save you time at the polling location. Register at least 20 days before the election for your name to appear on the voting roster.

You may register, or update your registration, on the Secretary of State website here.

Or you may fill out a Paper Voter’s Registration Application and mail it back. To register, a person must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day (you can pre-register to vote as a 16 or 17 year old in Minnesota but you must be 18 years old before voting)
  •  A resident of Minnesota for 20 days prior to the election
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • Not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Voters can also register at their polling location on Election Day if they miss the pre-registration date. Click here for the identification required.

Voting Resources

Where do I vote on Election Day?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Polling locations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please
see the list of combined polling locations below. If you are not sure of your specific precinct, please go to
Minnesota Secretary of State polling place finder at:

School District Precinct

Combined Precinct

Polling Place Location

Combined Precinct 1

West St. Paul: W-1 P-1; W-2 P-1;
W-3 P-1

Heritage E-STEM Magnet School
121 W. Butler Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118

Combined Precinct 2

Inver Grove Heights – Precincts 9 & 11; Sunfish Lake; West St. Paul: W-1 P-2; W-2 P-2; W-3 P-2

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1575 Charlton Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118

Combined Precinct 3

Lilydale; Mendota Heights – Precincts 1, 2 &3

Two Rivers High School
1897 Delaware Avenue
Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Combined Precinct 4

Mendota City; Mendota Heights – Precincts 4 & 5

Friendly Hills Middle School
701 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Combined Precinct 5

Eagan – Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121


Campaign Financial Reports

A committee or a candidate who receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year shall submit an initial report to the filing office within 14 days of either. Once a committee or a candidate submits an initial report to the filing office, committees or candidates
shall continue to file the reports within designated timelines until a final report is filed. A Certification of Filing for all committees and candidates is due seven days after a general election. Details are outlined in the State of Minnesota Campaign Manual. All reports will be posted on the district
website here