Tuesday Election Day in Minot


Minot voters will decide the makeup of a new, smaller city council tomorrow.

Jim Olson has the details.

Tuesday is election day when six people will be chosen to fill a slimmed-down city council.

The current council has 14 members.

Nine people are announced candidates for the six seats.

We introduced you to each of them last week.

The top three vote-getters tomorrow will have three-year terms on the council.

Candidates four, five, and six will win one-year terms.

Then, beginning next year, there will be elections every other year for three of the six people on the council.

The mayor – Chuck Barney – will retain his seat for another year when the mayor’s position will also be on the ballot.

The new arrangement came about after an effort by a group called Make Minot, which campaigned for a smaller city council, saying it would make council members more accountable and assure election races since there would be fewer positions.

The special election happens from 7am to 7pm tomorrow and there’s just one polling place – the Minot City Auditorium.

County Auditor Devra Smestad says just over 500 ballots have been cast already – through early voting and absentee ballots.

And a reminder if you’re headed to vote tomorrow – bring your ID.

In Minot, Jim Olson, KX News.

We’ll have election results tomorrow night live on the air – and on social media.


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