Senate District 61 Special Partisan Primary is Sept. 13

Twenty-three of the 131 Minneapolis precincts are involved in the upcoming Special Election for Senate District 61. A Special Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, and the Special General Election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Senate District 61 is an area in south central Minneapolis that includes the entirety of Ward 6 and portions of Wards 8, 9, and 10.

Individuals of Senate District 61 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.

For further information, Minneapolis voters can visit the citys new Web address, www.minneapolismn.gov/elections, or may call Minneapolis 311, which can also be reached at (612) 673-3000 or TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Special Partisan Primary is Tuesday, Sept. 13

The Sept. 13 Special Partisan Primary ballot will include all partisan candidates for Senate District 61. There are no write-ins in a primary.

All voters receive the same ballot and privately vote within the political party of their choice. The top candidate in each major political party will be on the general election ballot, along with minor party candidates and independent candidates.

To view candidate filings for Senate District 61, follow the link posted on the web at www.minneapolismn.gov/elections.

Minneapolis 311 open during voting hours for the Sept. 13 Special Partisan Primary & October 18 Special General Election

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, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 18. Minneapolis voters can call 311 for information on how to register and where to vote, as well as questions about other city services. From outside the city limits, call (612) 673-3000 or TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Election Day Registration with state-required proof of residence

If you missed the Aug. 23 deadline to pre-register for the primary, 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 the types of identification that are needed to register on Election Day.

Online tools help voters participate

The Absentee Ballot Lookup is an easy and convenient way for voters to check on the status of their absentee ballot.

The Voter Registration Lookup allows voters to enter their name, birthday, and address, to quickly find out if they are registered at that address.

The MN Polling Place Finder allows voters to enter their zip code and street address to find their Ward and Precinct number, the name and address of their polling place, a map showing the polling place location, and view a Sample Ballot when available.

Absente Voting information

Voters may vote in person, or conduct the entire process through the mail. Allow at least seven days to complete the entire process through the mail. Absentee voting for the Special Partisan Primary continues through Monday, Sept. 12 at Minneapolis City Hall, 350 Fifth St. S. – Room 1B (ground floor of Minneapolis City Hall) and Hennepin County Elections, Government Center – 300 S. 6th St. - Public Service Level. On Saturday, Sept. 10, absentee voting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 12 absentee voting closes at 5 p.m. Call Minneapolis 311 or (612) 673-3000 for further information.

For further information

The Minneapolis Office of Elections and Voter Registration is responsible for administering elections in the city of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, residents can 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 7, 2011