Redistricting may have changed your polling place

With the conclusion of political party conventions, we’re one step closer to fall’s election and the opportunity to decide the fate of two proposals to amend the Minnesota constitution and determine office holders ranging from U.S. president to school board member.

As you contemplate your vote, don’t forget that recent redistricting could mean you may be casting your ballot at a new polling place. Political districts are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census to ensure that all districts have roughly equal population.

Redistricting in Minneapolis resulted in 14 fewer precincts, for a total of 119 precincts. To view maps of the new Districts, Wards and Precincts in Minneapolis go to www.minneapolismn.gov/elections and select Election Maps. In Minneapolis, seven new polling place facilities are being used this year, and 20 former polling places are no longer being used.

Finding your polling place

Whether you live in Minneapolis or another community, you can enter your home address into the tools at www.mnvotes.org to confirm that you are pre-registered and find your polling place. Sample ballots for your precinct will also be posted on this website when they become available.  

If you’re a registered voter, a postcard was mailed to you in July telling you your voting precinct and polling place.

Do you need to register?

If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, but you’re not a registered voter pre-registering is an easy way to save time at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters who changed their name or moved (even from one apartment to another apartment in the same building) since they last voted must re-register.

Voter registration applications can be picked up at the Minneapolis Elections Office, Hennepin County Government Center, or at any suburban city hall. The Voter Registration application is also available on the Secretary of State’s website.

All individuals whose registration applications are received by elections officials by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 will be pre-registered for the Nov. 6 general election. Voters who newly register or update their registration will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote. 

Individuals are eligible in Minnesota to vote if they:

If you aren’t sure if you’re a registered voter, you can use the Minnesota Voter Registration Lookup on the Secretary of State’s website to confirm you are registered.

For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/elections or call Minneapolis 311, which can also be reached at 612-673-3000 or TTY/TTD 612-673-2157.

 

Published Sep. 12, 2012