Partisan and non-partisan offices will be on Aug. 14 Primary ballot

The staff in the City Clerk’s office reminds employees that the Primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You are eligible to vote in the Minnesota Primary if you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in Minnesota at least 20 days before the election. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.

About the Primary ballot

The Primary ballot will contain both partisan and non-partisan offices.

In the case of partisan offices, voters nominate candidates to the General Election from the candidates who filed within one of Minnesota’s three major political parties: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Independence Party and Republican Party. Candidates of the three major political parties will be on the same ballot in separate columns. All voters receive the same ballot and privately vote within the political party column of their choice. The top vote-getter in each partisan contest will be on the General Election ballot, along with minor party candidates.

The Primary ballot also lists candidates for non-partisan offices in instances where more than two candidates filed for the same office. In a non-partisan contest, voters may vote for any candidate, and the top two vote-getters for each non-partisan office then continue to the General Election. Additional non-partisan offices go directly to the General Election if two or fewer candidates filed for an office.

Unlike the General Election, there are no write-ins in a Primary.

Where to vote

Voters will use the new voting precinct assignments that were set by the 2012 Redistricting Plan. All pre-registered voters were sent a postcard in July telling them their new voting precinct and polling place.

If you are unsure where to vote, you can find out where your polling place is by checking www.mnvotes.org.

Are you pre-registered to vote?

Individuals who voted in the last election or submitted their registration application by the July 24 Primary deadline are pre-registered for the Aug. 14 Primary. To determine whether you are registered at your current address, log onto the Voter Registration Lookup and enter your name, birthday, and address.

If you missed the July 24 pre-registration deadline, you may still be able to vote in the Primary by registering to vote at your polling place on Election Day. Be sure to check the Secretary of State’s website to ensure you bring the identification needed for Election Day registration.

Absentee voting is easy

Minneapolis voters unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day may vote in person in room 1B in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street. The Minneapolis Elections Office will also be open Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Please use the 4th Street entrance.)

Voters can also complete the entire process by mail. Minneapolis absentee ballot applications are available on the Minneapolis Elections website. If you live in another community, contact your local City Hall for more information.

For further information

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

If you live in another community, call the City Hall in the city where you live.

Published Jul 31, 2012