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Polls open Nov. 3 for school vote; absentee voting process outlined

Voting on the Perham school's increased operating levy will be November 3.

There will be one voting location, at the Perham Area Community Center. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There are two ways to vote absentee, and the school board is trying to get the information out to the public.

Voters can cast an absentee ballot in person, at the school district office, starting 30 days prior to election day.

This can be done on weekdays during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, the school is required to be open for absentee balloting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. The school district office is located at 200 Southeast Fifth Street, Perham, please use the front entrance of Perham High School.

A voter may have an absentee ballot sent, by completing an Absentee Ballot Application and returning it to the school district office by mail (Attention: Ballot request, Perham Dent Public School Business Office, 200 Southeast Fifth Street, Perham, MN 56573), fax (218-346-4506), or email (

When returning the application via email, remember a signature is required. Thus, the applicant must print the application, sign it, scan it and attach it to an email as a pdf). The ballot will be sent to the voter.

The voter must return the complete absentee ballot by 3 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, November 3. Ballots may be returned by mail, delivered in person, returned by someone else, or delivered by express delivery service.

If a person is not a registered voter he or she will need to complete and return a registration card with his or her ballot (a registration card may be found at

For more information about voting, please visit the secretary of state website at: ex.asp?page=211#generalabsenteeinfo.

The Perham School Board's one precinct decision met with criticism by some in the district. The board decided on one precinct as a cost-savings measure--by reducing the number of paid election judges and rental fees for voting machines.

Critics contended that the single voting precinct limited access to the polls--particularly in the outlying townships and cities.

In retrospect, board members expressed regret over the decision. However, it was too late to change the voting locations, as the final deadline to submit the ballot and voting information to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office had passed.