Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester school district is spreading the word about a significant change involving its election process.

The legislature has changed the way school board seats are selected by voters. Under the previous rules, candidates ran for a specific position or seat on a school board. Under a change made during the 2016 legislative session, incumbents and candidates simply file for the open seats on the school board.

Here is the change:

“When  more than one school board member is to be elected for full terms at the same election, the candidates' names shall be placed under one office on the ballot with the number to be elected to the office specified directly underneath the title and identification of the office.”

Seven candidates filed for Rochester’s three school board seats that are up for election this year. Because there are more than twice the number of candidates as there are seats to be filled, the seven candidates will be on the August 9 primary ballot. The six who get the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election in November.

According to the Rochester district, the change in the law means that rather than three separate “Position #” offices printed on the primary ballot, there is a single office printed, with all filed candidates listed under it.

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