Bloomington’s primary election is over, but several new candidates will make their first ballot appearance this fall, and that ballot is available to early voters.

Bloomington voters will be asked to make a variety of decisions on Nov. 5, if they haven’t voted early at Bloomington Civic Plaza. The Bloomington City Council election features four seats, while three seats are up for election on the Bloomington Board of Education. And voters will also be asked to consider a charter amendment that would open the door to taprooms or brewhouses in Bloomington. Approval of the charter amendment wouldn’t automatically permit them, it would simply give the city council the ability to consider licensing such establishments, something the council has been unable to do under the city charter.

In-person advance voting is available weekdays through Nov. 4 at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road. Advance voting is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

To be eligible to vote, a Bloomington resident must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days prior to the election and finished with all parts of any felony sentence.

Military and overseas residents may also vote early by mail. To do so, an application must be submitted to Hennepin County. The application is available through the county’s website and may be submitted by mail, email or fax. Mailed ballots must be received by Election Day. Additional information and applications are available online at

Information about Bloomington’s elections is available online at Profiles of the city council and school board candidates, and additional information about the general election, will appear in upcoming editions of the Sun Current.

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