Contacts: Matt Laible, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-2786 

June 11, 2013

Minneapolis gears up for 2013 election

Council members hear updates on new voting equipment, plans to manage polling places, and voter education and outreach program

WHAT:          The City Council’s Elections Committee will hear updates on the City’s preparations for the 2013 municipal election on Nov. 5. Among the changes for this year are new voting equipment and processes to speed up election results, a handful of new polling places, and a new Voter Ambassador Program that will help make sure voters are ready to use ranked choice voting at the polls this year.

WHEN:           10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12        

WHERE:         Minneapolis City Council Chamber, room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

MORE:          Minneapolis voters will go to the polls for a municipal election on Nov. 5. 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. In ranked-choice voting, voters can rank up to three candidates for each office.

To be prepared for the City’s second ranked-choice voting election, Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services has made a number of improvements to help voters know what to expect on Election Day and to help make sure their voting experience is as smooth as possible. At this meeting, the City Council’s Elections Committee will hear updates on a number of areas, including:

·         New voting equipment and processes that will speed up the process of counting ballots and getting results

·         Plans to provide better line management and signage in polling places

·         Voter outreach and education plans that will help make sure people know how to vote using ranked-choice voting. This includes a new Voter Ambassador Program, which will recruit community leaders who will work to educate target communities and encourage them to vote Nov. 5.

·         Five polling places that will be relocated to better serve voters in 2013

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Published Jun 11, 2013