Did redistricting change your polling place?

The City of Minneapolis Elections Office encourages all eligible voters to vote in the General Election on Tues., Nov. 6, 2012. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen who has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to the election. Minneapolis polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2012 Redistricting Information
Beginning in 2012, voters will use the new voting precincts that were set by the 2012 Redistricting Plan. All pre-registered voters were sent a white postcard in early July with their new voting precinct and polling place. Redistricting in Minneapolis resulted in 14 fewer precincts, for a total of 119 precincts. Seven polling place facilities are new in 2012. Twenty former polling places are not being used. If you are unsure where to vote, enter your home address into the tools at www.mnvotes.org to find your polling place and view your sample ballot. The City's website has maps of the new Districts, Wards and Precincts in Minneapolis.

Are you pre-registered?
All individuals whose registration applications were received by elections officials by 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 will be pre-registered for the Nov. 6 General Election. Voters who newly register or update their registration will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote.

You can Register & Vote on Election Day
If you missed the deadline to pre-register, you may still be able to vote. In Minnesota individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the proofs of residence required by Minnesota law. Please allow extra time at the polls to register. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register. See our website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

What’s your question? Find your answer at www.mnvotes.org

Am I pre-registered?
At www.mnvotes.org use Check Your Registration to confirm you are registered to vote at your current address. If you are not pre-registered view Register to Vote to see a list of approved proofs of residence to be able to register and vote on election day.

Can I see a Sample Ballot for my precinct?
Yes. At www.mnvotes.org these tools display the list of candidates and ballot question wording, candidate websites, and the exact sample ballot for your precinct: My Ballot, Check Your Registration, and Find Your Polling Place.

Where do I vote?
At www.mnvotes.org use Check Your Registration or Find Your Polling Place to view a photo and map of your polling place. Note: Entering your Zip Code into the Polling Place Finder narrows the list of streets more than selecting your county.

If I am not pre-registered, can I register and vote on election day?
Yes. At www.mnvotes.org view Register to Vote to see a list of approved proofs of residence to be able to register and vote on election day.

Absentee voting – extended hours for in-person absentee voting
Voters unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day may vote in person or by mail. Please allow 7 to 10 days to complete the entire process through the mail. Absentee ballot applications are available on our website and may be sent anytime throughout the year. Absentee voting for the General Election opened Friday, Sept. 21 and runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Minneapolis Elections Office is located in Minneapolis City Hall at 350 South 5th Street in Room 1B on the ground floor. Enter on the 4th Street side on the ground floor of Minneapolis City Hall, or from the light rail, use the Government Plaza stop and enter the 5th Street entrance and go down one flight to the ground floor.

Extended in-person absentee voting hours the two weekends before the General Election include: Saturday, October 27 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Monday, November 5 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturdays, please use the 4th Street entrance.

Information about the absentee voting procedures for military and overseas voters is at minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org.

Time off from Work to Vote
Minnesota law allows eligible voters to take time off from work to vote. Work with your supervisor and co-workers to make sure everyone has time to vote. Please see Minnesota Statute 204C.04 Subd.1 for further information.

Accessibility improvements for polling places
The City of Minneapolis secured Help America Vote Act federal funding through the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State for the installation of electronic door openers at eight Minneapolis Park and Recreation Centers: Audubon, Longfellow, Bryant Square, Farview, Pearl, Whittier, Van Cleve, and Painter Park.

In the past, federal funding provided accessibility improvements for these locations: curb cut at the Elections Warehouse & Training Center, and electronic door openers for Martin Luther King, Powderhorn and Creekview Parks.

Voting is accessible
Each absentee voting location and polling place will have a ballot marking device that assists a voter with a temporary or permanent disability to vote privately and independently. Features of the device include headphones for an audio ballot, and enlarged or high contrast screen display. Voters may mark their ballot using the touch screen or key pad. Voters unable to enter a polling place may, with the assistance of two election judges of different political parties, register and vote “curbside” without leaving their vehicle.

How to mark a ballot
Every voter in Minnesota uses a paper ballot. There are three choices available for marking a ballot: Use a pen, use the ballot marking device or have another person assist you – the person of your choice or two election judges of different major political parties.

Minneapolis 311 open during voting hours for November 6 General Election
Minneapolis 311 will extend their usual hours by one hour to serve voters while the polls are open.From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the November 6 General Election, Minneapolis voters can call Minneapolis 311 for information on how to register and where to vote.From outside the city limits dial 612-673-3000. TTY/TTD 612-673-2157.

Minneapolis School Board
The Minneapolis School Board has a total of nine members elected to staggered four-year terms. In 2012, one School Board Member At Large will be elected, and voters in Districts 2, 4 & 6 will each elect a School Board Member by District. In 2014, two School Board Members At Large will be elected and voters in Districts 1, 3 & 5 will each elect a School Board Member by District.

Candidate filings for Minneapolis School Board are posted on the web at vote.minneapolismn.gov along with links to other candidate filings for federal, state and county offices.

Note about Ranked Choice Voting: Ranked Choice Voting will not be used in 2012. The 2012 election will be conducted using the traditional voting method in which a voter votes for one candidate for each office to be elected. Ranked Choice Voting is only used for Minneapolis municipal offices: Mayor, Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park Board. The Minneapolis School Board is not a municipal office.

Who represents me in the City of Minneapolis
Current city elected officials continue to represent the Ward or District from which they were elected through 2013. Here's what voters need to know:

2012 General Election Calendar

For further information
The Minneapolis Office of Elections and Voter Registration is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit the website at vote.minneapolismn.gov or call Minneapolis 311, which can also be reached at (612) 673-3000 or TTY/TTD 612-673-2157.

Published Oct 23, 2012