Voting in the Aug. 9 primary election

The City of Minneapolis encourages all eligible voters to participate in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 9. 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 (even to a different apartment in the same building) 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 should have received 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 vote.minneapolismn.gov for identification allowed for Election Day registration.

Voters can save time by taking these steps

1.      Make sure you’re registered to vote. Voters can check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register. Please allow extra time at the polls if you need to register. See vote.minneapolismn.gov for identification allowed for Election Day registration.

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.

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).

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. Every voter is encouraged to double-check the polling place location before heading out to vote. 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 Aug 5, 2016