Absentee voting is underway and that means special responsibilities for employees

With absentee voting for the Nov. 5 municipal election underway, employees who work in or routinely visit City Hall are reminded that working in a polling place carries special responsibilities.

State law prohibits campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place when voting is underway, so employees should not wear T-shirts, buttons or other clothing that displays political messages where voting is occurring.

About absentee voting

Voters who will not be able to vote at their polling place on Election Day are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Voting absentee can be done in person at City Hall, or entirely by mail.

If a voter chooses to cast an absentee ballot in person, that can be done during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or on the final two Saturdays before Election Day, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To vote absentee by mail, voters may request a ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. 

Voters who are not pre-registered can still vote absentee. If voting by mail, voter registration materials will be sent with the absentee ballot for voters who are not already registered.

If you live in another community, contact your local City Hall for more information.

About the election

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. This will be city’s second election to use ranked-choice voting.

Voters can see who is on the ballot by visiting the elections website.

 

Published Oct. 16, 2013