Early voting open, last day to pre-register for primary election: July 19

Early voting has begun for the primary election. Now through Aug. 8, Minneapolis voters may cast their ballots at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., in downtown Minneapolis. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the final two weeks before each election, these hours will be extended and include weekend times: The last two Saturdays before the primary, July 30 and Aug. 6, the Early Vote Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 8, the final day of in-person early voting before the primary, voters will have until 5 p.m. to come cast a ballot. All early voting hours are posted on the website (vote.minneapolismn.gov).

In-person absentee voting is no longer at City Hall. The new site allows more privacy and easier access for voters than the City Hall Rotunda did.

Early in-person voting is convenient. It especially helps voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, that the extra time, attention and onsite resources of early in-person voting afford more readily than the polls might on Election Day.

People can vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail or in person.

Election judges needed, earn $13.30 per hour, judges with a second language especially needed

Election judges are needed for the primary election Aug. 9 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $13.30 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language.

Find out more about this opportunity at vote.minneapolismn.gov/judges or call 311.

Voters can save time by taking these three steps

1.      Make sure you’re registered to vote, or pre-register. Voters can register or check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register. The last day to pre-register for the primary is July 19.

2.      Download and complete the absentee ballot application form in advance, and bring it when you go to vote. Find the request form at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.

3.      Look at a sample ballot ahead of time; even bring it to refer to when you go to vote. Find your sample ballot at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot.

What’s on the ballot?

Partisan offices

·         United States Representative (District 5).

·         Minnesota State Senator (Districts 59 and 62).

·         Minnesota State Representative (Districts 59A and 60B).

Nonpartisan office

·         Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 6).

State law allows voters to bring materials into the polls to help complete their ballots — and the sample ballot is the single, best tool available for this purpose. By downloading and printing their sample ballots (which are customized to their specific ward and precinct), voters can practice marking their ballots. They can bring this marked-up sample ballot as a reference to the voting booth when completing their official ballots. This is the best way to reduce the time spent waiting in lines.

Find sample ballots for all 132 Minneapolis precincts here: vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot.

Published Jul 11, 2016

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