Voter pre-registration ends Oct. 15

The deadline is Oct. 15 to pre-register to vote in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Registering to vote is fast and easy. If you’ve never voted before and need to register, now is the time. If it’s been more than four years since you last voted, or you’ve moved or changed your name since you last registered, you’ll also need to re-register.

The Minnesota Secretary of State now makes it easy to register online. Just visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register to learn more. Or you can register by mail or in person at the Elections and Voter Services office in City Hall.

Although voters can register to vote at the polls on Election Day, pre-registering now will help you get through the voting process faster on Nov. 5.

Plan ahead—check out your sample ballot

You can also see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like by visiting vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv/sample and checking out your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.

In the mayor's race, a record 35 candidates will appear on the ballot.  All City Council offices will also be on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other city-wide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board.  Every voter will also have a chance to select a representative for one of the six Park and Recreation Board districts.

Absentee voting is underway - Request a ballot now

Absentee voting has now begun, and voters who will not be able to vote at their polling place on Election Day are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Voting absentee can be done in person at City Hall, or entirely by mail.  If a voter chooses to cast an absentee ballot in person, that can be done during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or on the final two Saturdays before Election Day, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. City Hall is located at 350 S. Fifth Street.

To vote absentee by mail, voters may request a ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. 

Voters who are not pre-registered can still vote absentee. If voting by mail, voter registration materials will be sent with the absentee ballot for voters who are not already registered.

This election uses ranked-choice voting, and it’s easy as 1, 2, 3

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. 

Voting on Nov. 5 is as easy as 1, 2, 3, especially with the help of the new elections website voters section at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/. 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. Just remember 1, 2, 3 again. Each ballot will have three columns, and you have the opportunity to rank up to three candidates in order of your preference for each office.

Published Oct. 11, 2013