Absentee voting under way to fill two state offices in Minneapolis

Absentee voting for the General Elections in House District 61B and Senate District 59 opened Friday Dec. 9. The General Election for these two offices will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

Absentee voting

Voters may absentee vote before the election in person, or conduct the entire process through the mail. Allow at least seven days to complete the entire process through the mail. Absentee voting for the Special Partisan Primary opened Friday, Dec. 9, and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, at Minneapolis City Hall, 350 Fifth St. S. – Room 1B (ground floor of Minneapolis City Hall) and Hennepin County Elections, Government Center – 300 S. Sixth St. - Public Service Level. Absentee ballot applications are available at the City’s elections website. Saturday, Jan. 7, absentee voting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, absentee voting closes at 5 p.m. Voters may use the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup to check on the status of their absentee ballot. Call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000 for further information.

Election Day registration

The deadline to pre-register to vote in the Jan. 10 special General Election is Tuesday, Dec. 20. Voters may use the Secretary of State’s voter registration lookup to confirm they are registered to vote under their current name and address. Eligible voters may also register on Election Day at the polls by providing state-required proof of residence. Use the polling place finder to find out where to vote.

Time off work to vote

Minnesota law allows employees who are eligible voters the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to vote without penalty or deduction from salary or wages. Check your union contract and talk with your supervisor to coordinate time off for voting. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Special responsibilities for City Hall workers and visitors

Because absentee voting for the primary election is under way in City Hall, employees who work in or routinely visit City Hall are reminded that working in a polling place carries special responsibilities.

Employees are reminded that the State law prohibits campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place when voting is under way. This includes a prohibition against wearing T-shirts, buttons or other clothing that displays political messages when voting is occurring.

Published Dec. 16, 2011