Rent control referendum is also on the ballot.

Saint Paul voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, to choose among candidates for mayor and School Board and to approve or reject a proposed city ordinance that would prevent landlords from raising the rent they charge their residential tenants by more than 3 percent per year.

There are two Saint Paul School Board races on the ballot. The first race is for three four-year terms on the board. The top three vote-getters will take their seat on the board beginning January 1. The second race is a special election to fill the remaining 26 months in an unexpired term on the School Board.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on November 2. Ranked-choice voting will be used in the mayor’s race. Voters will be asked to rank their top six choices for mayor.

A sample ballot with the names of all of the candidates in each race and the ballot question on rent control appears below. An asterisk (*) after a name denotes an incumbent.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state for at least 20 days prior to the election. You must not be serving a felony sentence, felony probation or parole currently, and you may not be under legal guardianship with your right to vote revoked by court order.

Voters who are not yet registered in their respective precincts may register at the polls. To learn what is required to register at the polls or for information on other election matters, call 651-266-2171 or visit rcelections.org in Ramsey County or call 1-877-600-8683 or visit sos.state.mn.us.

SAMPLE BALLOT

Mayor: Abu Nayeem, Miki Frost, Melvin Carter*, Paul Langenfeld, Bill Hosko, Dora Jones-Robinson, Scott Evans Wergin, Dino Guerin.

 

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School Board member, four-year term (vote for up to three): Jim Vue*, Halla Henderson, James Farnsworth, Uriah Ward, Jennifer McPherson, Ryan Williams.

School Board member, special election to fill a term expiring on January 1, 2024 (vote for one): Jeannie Foster*, Clayton Howatt.

City Question 1—Whether to adopt a residential rent stabilization ordinance.
Should the City adopt the proposed ordinance limiting rent increases? The ordinance limits residential rent increases to no more than 3 percent in a 12-month period, regardless of whether there is a change of occupancy. The ordinance also directs the city to create a process for landlords to request an exception to the 3 percent limit based on the right to a reasonable return on investment. A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of limiting rent increases. A “no” vote is a vote against limiting rent increases.

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