Voter Registration Day Sept. 27

The City is taking advantage of Voter Registration Day Sept. 27 to encourage people all week to pre-register to vote. Even registered voters need to re-register under their new address if they move, and pre-registering will save them time when they vote. Voters can pre-register through Oct. 18. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Owners and managers of rental properties must provide new tenants with information on registering to vote

When renters move in to their new homes in Minneapolis, property owners now must give each new tenant a voter registration application and an information sheet. These documents can be either printed or given to tenants electronically. The documents can be found in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong at vote.minneapolismn.gov/resources/TNVR. Printed ones will be made available at no cost to property owners and managers.

Registration is among the biggest barriers in voting, and it disproportionately affects voters who are young or voting for the first time, who move frequently, have a lower income or are people of color. More than half of all Minneapolis residents rent their homes, and renters tend to move more frequently than people who own their homes.

From Feb. 16 when the law went into effect to Sept. 7, Elections and Voter Services has mailed out 11,032 voter registration application packets. Of those, 10,160 were in English; 599 were in Spanish; 273 were in Somali and five were in Hmong. Two-hundred-fifty-six people have already mailed in their completed registration applications.

More information on voting in Minneapolis is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Published Sep 26, 2016