Two council seats, Vanessa Soukup and Michael McGuire, expire at the end of 2014. Councilmember Michael "Mike" McGuire refiled in 2014 and will run against Prior Lake residents Andy Gonyou and Annette Thompson. Each of the two terms is four years. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Prior Lake City Council adopted even-year elections in 2006 to save money, allow City elections to correspond with state and national elections, allowing more people to participate in the process. To be eligible for candidacy you must be a resident for 30 days before the election, be a qualified voter, 21 years old and not running for another office in the same election.
For election results in Scott County, go here. The Scott County Election Hotline is (952) 496-8172.
For information detailing election results state-wide, go to the Minnesota State Election Reporting System webpage here. For information about candidates running for offices in the state general election visit the Secretary of State's 2012 State General Election Candidate Filings webpage.
For information regarding past elections in the City of Prior Lake, click here.
|Precincts and Voting Locations
The City of Prior Lake has eight voting precincts. Precinct 6B is at a new location: Living Hope Lutheran Church (formerly Crossroads Church). Please check this downloadable map that illustrates all the city's precinct locations. You can also click on this Minnesota Secretary of State Polling Place Finder.
PRIOR LAKE'S VOTING PRECINCT LOCATIONS
4646 Dakota St. S.E.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
5634 Luther Road S.E.
Prior Lake Baptist Church
5690 Credit River Road S.E.
17741 Fairlawn Avenue
Fire Station No. 2
3906 Staton Pl. N.W.
|Precinct # 6A
Holy Cross Church
14085 Pike Lake Trail N.E
Precinct # 6B
Living Hope Lutheran Church
8600 Horizon Dr.
Shakopee, MN 55379
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
3611 North Berens Road N.W.
People wishing to register to vote may click here for a Minnesota Voter Registration Application, contact the Prior Lake Finance Department at (952) 447-9840 to obtain a registration card by mail, or stop at City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, to register to vote. Do not mail in registrations less than 20 days before Election Day.
Eligible voters may also register at their respective precinct on Election Day. To be eligible, individuals must have resided in Prior Lake at least 20 days.
Before any election, residents may vote absentee at the Scott County Government Center offices at 200 Fourth Ave. W. in Shakopee (not in Prior Lake) during regular business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.); You can also vote absentee on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You may pick up an application for an absentee ballot in person, or request one by mail from the Scott County Elections Department at (952) 496-8560.
Click here for information, forms and an Absentee Application, or call the Scott County Elections Department at (952) 496-8560. A letter that includes the following information is also acceptable
1. Full Name (please print)
2. Address of your residence
3. Address where you want the ballot mailed
4. Sign and date your letter
5. Deliver, mail or fax your application to:
Apply early so you will have time to receive the ballot and mail it back before election day.
|Public Data and Requests for Information
Questions about Prior Lake City Government
|Candidate Campaign Contribution Limitations
More information is available by clicking the Secretary of State’s website.
- Campaign contributions are specifically exempted from the prohibitions against council members accepting gifts in Minn. Stat. 471.895. The gift ban law applicable to a public official does not apply to political contributions to a campaign.
- Minn. Stat. 211B.15 states that a candidate cannot accept contributions from a corporation.
- A candidate cannot accept aggregate contributions from an individual in excess of $600 in an election year and $250 in all other years pursuant to Minn. Stat. 211A.12. A candidate cannot accept a contribution from a principal campaign committee pursuant to Minn. Stat. 211A.13.
- Minn. Stat. 211B.08 states that a religious, charitable or education organization cannot request a contribution in exchange for support, purchase of tickets or payment for space in a publication. This does not apply to: business advertisements in which the candidate was a regular contributor before candidacy; ordinary business advertisements; regular payments to an organization of which the candidate was a member more than six months before candidacy; or ordinary church contributions.
- An employee or official of a state or political subdivision may not use official authority for influence or compel political involvement pursuant to Minn. Stat. 211B.09; and bribery, advancing money, and treating are prohibited pursuant to Minn. Stat. 211B.13.