Minneapolis launches new elections website

The City of Minneapolis has launched a new elections website to help voters get ready for this fall’s election. By visiting vote.minneapolismn.gov, voters can learn what they need to know about how to register to vote, find their polling place, and many other elections topics. Because Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting this year, the website can help folks learn how to vote using ranked-choice voting, and they can see how ballots are counted. Ranked-choice voting gives voters the opportunity to rank up to three candidates for each office.

The website features an interactive demonstration ballot that voters can use to learn how to mark a ranked-choice ballot. After completing the ballot, visitors to the site can see how the ballot-counting works.

The City has also produced a new video that explains everything you need to know about ranked-choice voting. The video shows voters how to mark a ballot, then shows a simple example of how ballots are counted to determine a winner in a ranked-choice election.

The City’s 311 mobile application has also been updated to help voters this year. Users of the 311 app for iPhones and Android devices can now easily access the election’s Your Vote guide with quick links to key election-related information, including how to register to vote, finding your polling place, and how to absentee vote. The mobile app is available in the app stores for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices by searching “Minneapolis 311.”

Be ready to vote Nov. 5

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis, but voters only need to remember a few things to ensure they are prepared for Election Day. 

To be ready to vote on Nov. 5, just check out vote.minneapolismn.gov. First, make sure you’re registered to vote. You can check your registration status or download a voter registration application on the website. Second, find out where to vote. Use the polling place finder to find your assigned polling place for voting, or if you cannot get to your polling place on Election Day, fill out an application for an absentee ballot.  The third and final step to voting is completing your ballot. The website also has helpful resources to learn how ranked-choice voting works.

Published Aug. 1, 2013