Help spread the word about elections at National Night Out

Record 1,545 events registered

As thousands of people gather for a record 1,545 National Night Out events tomorrow, the City would like to encourage neighbors to help spread the word about voting.

Presidential candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election along with several other offices including every member of the state legislature.

Early voting

Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. Early voting begins Sept. 23 for the general election. 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. Download and complete the absentee ballot application form in advance, and bring it when you go to vote. Find the request form and the addresses for all early voting locations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.

Voters can save time on Election Day by taking these steps

1.      Pre-register or make sure you’re registered to vote. Minnesota has Election Day registration, but voters can avoid that line by pre-registering. There is still time to pre-register before the general election in November but not the primary Aug. 9. People who vote in the primary Aug. 9 will be registered for the general election in November. Anyone who moves or changes their name in the meantime must re-register. Voters can check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register.

2.      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.

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 – elections

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.

For more information – National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family. For more information, see the Minneapolis NNO mission statement.

As with many past National Night Outs, Minneapolis was ranked No. 1 among all U.S. cities over 300,000 people in 2015.

Find out more about National Night Out at www.minneapolismn.gov/nno.

Published Aug 1, 2016

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