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by Dennis Dalman
Some people may wonder why names on election-day ballots are not printed in alphabetical order.
The answer is because a randomized computer selection prints out the ballots in many different sequences so the names on the ballot are in a variety of orders. The rationale behind that process is if one candidate’s name – say, Andrea Anderson – was the first name on every ballot, that might give her an advantage. The last name on a ballot – Zeke Zelinksi, say – might have a disadvantage.
Thus, because of ballot-name rotation, the name of each candidate will appear an equal amount of times on the top, the bottom and everywhere in between.
All of the general-election ballots are printed by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.
The following is a sample ballot of what St. Joseph voters will see in the Nov. 6 general election. Among local options, voters will choose a mayor, two city council members and four school-board members.
All voters throughout the state can vote “yes” or “no” on two proposed Minnesota Constitution amendments. (For more about the amendments, see related story in today’s newspaper.)
The following is a list of choices voters will see on the Nov. 6 ballots. Voters are allowed to take a sample ballot to their polling places to refer to as they vote on the actual ballots. To find out more about ballot choices, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website at: www.sos.state.mn.us. There are many links on that website for specific questions voters may have.
Center, Boldify. U.S. President and Vice President
Republican Party: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Democratic Party: Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson and Jim Gray.
Socialist Workers Party: James Harris and Maura DeLuca.
Constitution Party: Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer.
Constitutional Government Party: Dean Morstad and Josh Franke-Hyland.
Green Party: Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.
Grassroots Party: Jim Carlson and George McMahon.
Socialism and Liberation Party: Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio.
Justice Party: Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson and Luis J. Rodriguez.
Center, Boldify. U.S. Senator
Independence Party: Stephen Williams.
Republican Party: Kurt Bills.
Democratic Farmer Labor Party: Amy Klobuchar.
Grassroots Party: Tim Davis.
Minnesota Open Progressives Party: Michael Cavlan.
Center, Boldify U.S. Representative District 6
Republican Party: Michele Bachmann.
Democratic Farmer Labor Party: Jim Graves.
Center, Boldify State Senator District 13
Republican Party: Michelle Fischbach.
Democratic Farmer Labor Party: Peggy Boeck.
Center, Boldify U.S. Rep. District 13A
Republican Party: Jeff Howe.
Democratic Farmer Labor Party: Richard Bohannon.
Center, Boldify Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?
Center, Boldify Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?
Center, Boldify Stearns County Commissioner District 2
Mark J. Bromenschenkel.
Center, Boldify Soil and Water Supervisor
Lawrence (Larry) Salzer.
Center, Boldify Sartell City Council
Center, Boldify (Elect 2)
Center, Boldify St. Joseph Mayor
Center, Bolidfy St. Joseph City Council
Center, Boldify (Elect 2)
Center, Boldify St. Cloud School Board
Center, Boldify (Elect 4)
Cynthia R. Harner.
Daniel J. Brill.
Center, Boldify Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice
Lorie Skjerven Gildea.
Associate Justice 1
Associate Justice 4
David R. Stras.
Center, Boldify Judges
Court of Appeals 6
Renee L. Worke.
Court of Appeals 7
Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
7th District Court 1
Kris H. Davick-Halfen.
7th District Court 7
Mary B. Mahler.
7th District Court 10
Vicki E. Landwehr.
7th District Court 12
Wally B. Senyk
7th District Court 19
Barbara R. Hanson.
7th District Court 20
William J. Cashman.