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The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!


Updated: Nov 1, 2020

On October 29, 2020, an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that Minnesota election officials must segregate absentee ballots received in the mail after election day from those received on or before election day in order for a court to decide whether they should be counted. The court did not rule on the merits of the case, in which the plaintiffs allege that counting ballots received after election day violates federal law. Rather, the court ordered that in order to resolve that dispute, mailed absentee ballots received from November 4 through November 10 must be kept separate from other ballots so that a court may determine whether those ballots should count, at least with respect to the presidential election.

If you have not voted yet, you may vote at your polling place on election day, November 3, via in-person absentee voting, or by placing your absentee ballot in an official drop box. The Dakota County offices in Hastings, Apple Valley, and West St Paul will be open for in-person absentee voting from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, Sunday, November 1, and Monday, November 2. A full list of in-person absentee voting locations in Dakota and Scott counties is available on our Voter Resources page.

Update: Secretary Simon released the following statement on October 30: "In consultation with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, we have decided not to seek a stay of the 8th Circuit decision at the US Supreme Court. We disagree with the court’s decision, and there may be cause for litigation later. While Minnesota will comply with the 8th Circuit's ruling to segregate the ballots received after November 3, we need to emphasize that there is no court ruling yet saying those ballots are invalid. We absolutely reserve the right to make every argument after Election Day that protects voters. For now, our focus is to make sure that every Minnesota voter knows to cast their ballot by 8 p.m. on November 3, and that every ballot legally cast is counted.”

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

We hosted a virtual candidate forum for ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) School Board on October 7. Voting began September 18 and will continue through the November 3 general election for three at-large seats.

Video of the forum is available below or you can watch replays of the forum via Comcast channels 859 (HD)/16 (SD) or on Roku devices using the free PEG.TV app by searching for Burnsville. Thank you to our moderator, Mary Rice, Burnsville Community Television, and the candidates for making the forum possible.

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Our October meeting featured the topic "The U.S. Postal Service: Can it Deliver?" Our guest speakers were Richard R. John, Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University, and Nick Harper, Political Attorney, Lobbyist, and Director of Civic Engagement at LWV Minnesota.

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom and video of the meeting will be posted here soon.

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