Senate District 11 election

Thank you for being a voter! With our union, we have strength in numbers when we vote. 

Our ballots are always secret, but whether or not we vote is public record. Together, let’s get all 1,224 educators in Senate District 11 to vote in the Feb. 5 special election!

Education voter guide 
Senate District 11 special election 
Special election date: Tuesday, Feb. 5 

Election Day voting: 

  • Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Visit to find your polling location. 
  • Some precincts in Carlton and Pine counties are mail ballot-only precincts. If you are a voter in a mail-ballot precinct, you may vote in person at your county office on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Carlton County offices are open on Feb. 5 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Pine County offices are open on Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Early voting and mail ballots: 

  • In-person early voting is available now at the St. Louis, Kanabec, Pine and Carlton county offices. Extended early voting hours are: Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Monday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Mail ballots must be received by your county office no later than Tuesday, Feb. 5. 
  • If you are voting by mail and have not had adequate time to return your ballot by mail and you would like assistance delivering it to your county elections office, please contact Education Minnesota Political Action Coordinator Anna Brelje at 651-292-4841. 

Candidates on the Feb. 5 special election ballot: 

  • Stu Lourey (DFL) 
  • Jason Rarick (Republican) 
  • John “Sparky” Birrenbach (Legal Marijuana Now) 

Candidate stances on education and union issues: 

  • Educators from your district recently interviewed candidates for the Education Minnesota endorsement. To earn the endorsement, candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to public education and unions, and it is required that they meet with educators, visit schools and answer a questionnaire. All candidates are invited to participate in the Education Minnesota endorsement process. 
  • The Education Minnesota candidate questionnaire has 37 questions written by educators about education funding, higher education, the education profession, teacher licensure, standardized testing, school safety, union rights, working family issues, privatization and leadership. 
  • You may review the candidates’ answers to the questionnaire on the members-only portion of the Education Minnesota website, 
  • Stu Lourey, Michelle Lee and John “Sparky” Birrenbach participated in the endorsement process. Jason Rarick chose to forgo the Education Minnesota endorsement. Rarick did not participate in an interview with educators or submit a questionnaire. 

Voter Guide
PDF, 2pgs., 193KB

Candidate questionnaires (members only link)