Voting in the August 10 Primary? Here’s what you need to know

The City of Minneapolis Elections Office encourages all eligible voters to participate in the Tuesday, August 10 Primary. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen who has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to the election. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.

The 2010 Election season brings two schedule changes for voters that include a new earlier primary date, and a longer 46-day absentee balloting period for both the primary and for the general election.

Absentee voting is easy

Minneapolis Elections is now open for Primary absentee voting. Voters unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day may vote in person at Minneapolis City Hall or complete the entire process by mail. Please allow seven days to complete the process by mail. Absentee ballot applications are available on our website and may be received anytime throughout the year. The Minneapolis Elections Office is located in Minneapolis City Hall at 350 South 5th Street in Room 1B on the ground floor. Enter on the 4th Street side on the ground floor of Minneapolis City Hall, or from the light rail, use the Government Plaza stop and enter the 5th Street entrance and go down one flight to the ground floor. Minneapolis Elections will also be open Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – use the 4th Street entrance. Minneapolis voters may call 311 for further information.

Minneapolis 311 open during voting

Minneapolis 311 will extend its usual hours by one hour to serve voters while the polls are open. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the August 10 Primary, 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 dial (612) 673-3000. TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Are you pre-registered?

All individuals whose registration applications are received by elections officials by 5 p.m. on July 20 will be pre-registered for the August 10 primary. Voters who newly register or update their registration will receive a postcard notifying them where to vote. Pre-registration for the general election re-opens the day after the primary.

You can register and vote on Election Day

If you miss the deadline to pre-register, you may still be able to vote. Minnesota is one of several states with Election Day registration. Individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. Please allow extra time at the polls to register. See our website for identification allowed for Election Day registration.

To find your polling place, view a sample ballot, find out how to become an elections judge, learn which candidates filed for office and more, visit the elections website. Residents can also call Minneapolis 311, which can also be reached at (612) 673-

Published Jul. 21, 2010