Expanded hours for early voting before primary

Early voting is easy

Through Aug. 8, Minneapolis voters may cast their ballots for the primary at the Early Vote Center at 217 S. Third St. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. On Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, 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 cast a ballot. All early voting hours are posted at 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.

People can also vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail; voters must allow enough time to get the ballot in the mail and then mail it back or drop it off at Elections & Voter Services (not a polling place) by 3 p.m. on Election Day. The application to receive an absentee ballot to return via mail can be completed online here.

Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. 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.

Voters can save time when voting early in person by taking these three steps

1.      Make sure you’re registered to vote. Voters can check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register.

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.

Voting in the Aug. 9 primary

The City of Minneapolis encourages all eligible voters to participate in the Tuesday, Aug. 9 primary. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old who has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.

Are you pre-registered?

All individuals whose registration applications were received by elections officials by 5 p.m. on July 19 are pre-registered for the Aug. 9 primary. Newly registered voters will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote.

If you missed the deadline to pre-register, you may still be able to vote. Minnesota is one of several states with Election Day registration. Individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. Please allow extra time at the polls to register. See our website (vote.minneapolismn.gov) for identification allowed for Election Day registration.

What’s on the ballot?

Partisan offices

Nonpartisan office

Presidential candidates are not on the primary ballot. Minnesota uses caucuses run by the political parties to help each party select a presidential candidate. Caucuses were held in March in Minnesota. Presidential candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

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.

Find out where to vote

Minneapolis added seven new precincts for 2016. In addition to the new precincts, seven polls were relocated. Find out where to vote by calling 311 or at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/where-to-vote.

Minneapolis 311 open during voting hours for Aug. 9 primary and Nov. 8 general election

Minneapolis 311 will extend its usual hours by one hour to serve voters while the polls are open. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Aug. 9 primary, 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.

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

Election judges are needed for the general election Nov. 8 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.

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

For more information

The Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services Division 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 vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Published Jul 29, 2016