Absentee voting under way to fill two state offices in Minneapolis

Absentee voting for the House District 61B and Senate District 59 Special General Election is under way and remains open through 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9. The General Election for these two offices will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

Absentee voting is being conducted in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 Fifth St. S. – Room 1B (ground floor of Minneapolis City Hall) and Hennepin County Elections, Government Center – 300 S. Sixth St. - Public Service Level.

Twelve precincts in south central Minneapolis are involved in the House District 61B election which is needed to fill the vacancy caused by Representative Jeff Hayden’s resignation following his win in the Senate District 61 Special Election. Twenty-five precincts in the northeast/southeast quadrant of Minneapolis are involved in the Senate District 59 special election which is needed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Larry Pogemiller to become Director of the Office of Higher Education.

Special responsibilities for City Hall workers and visitors

Because absentee voting for the election is under way in City Hall, employees who work in or routinely visit City Hall are reminded that working in a polling place carries special responsibilities.

Employees are reminded that the State law prohibits campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place when voting is underway. This includes a prohibition against wearing T-shirts, buttons or other clothing that displays political messages where voting is occurring.

Voter eligibility

Individuals who live in House District 61B and Senate District 59 are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen who has lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to the election. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.

Voters may use the Secretary of State’s voter registration lookup to confirm they are registered to vote under their current name and address.

The deadline to pre-register to vote in the Jan. 10 Special General Election has passed; however, eligible individuals may register at the polls by providing state-required proof of residence. Use the polling place finder to find out where to vote.

Candidates

For a list of candidates, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day is Jan. 10

The Special General Election is Tuesday, Jan. 10, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Special Election will not use Ranked Choice Voting and will, instead, be conducted using the traditional voting method in which a voter votes for one candidate for each office to be elected. Ranked Choice Voting is only used for Minneapolis municipal offices: Mayor, Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park Board.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 10. Minneapolis voters can call Minneapolis 311 for information on how to register and where to vote, as well as questions about other City services. From outside the city limits, callers should dial 612-673-3000. (TTY/TTD 612-673-2157)

For more information

The Minneapolis Office of Elections and Voter Registration is responsible for administering elections in Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, visit the Minneapolis elections website or call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000.

Dec. 21, 2011

 

Published Dec 21, 2011