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National Voting Day is TODAY 9/25!
September 25, 2018
Join the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations at these Registration Day Events on September 25th!
- North Market 4pm-7:30pm
- Lao Assistance Center 9am-5pm
- Waite House 10am-1:30pm
- McCorvey Health & Wellness Center 10am-2pm
- Minneapolis Urban League 10am-4pm
- Pow Wow Grounds 10am-2pm
- Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center 10-12pm
- Midtown Global Market 11am-2pm
- Steven Square Block Patrol 11am-2pm
- H. White Men’s Room 6:30-8:30pm
The first step to voting is registering, and being pre-registered to vote is one of the best indicators that a person is more likely to show up to the polls and vote on Election Day. In addition to this, pre-registration is encouraged because it assures that voters will have a smooth voting experience on Election Day.
Also Early Voting is Open: SEPT 21th to NOV 5th
There are three ways to participate in early voting:
Vote-By-Mail (VBM) allows voters to cast their ballots from any location with the same security protections, but without the hassles and pressures associated with the narrow window of time on Election Day. VBM enables active military service members and their families, voters who are overseas and/or away from home on Election Day, and anyone who otherwise cannot cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day to participate.
Details on VBM are available on the EVS website; instructions, tools to track your ballot, helpful hints, etc. There is also a video that provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete a VBM absentee ballot to minimize any errors, thus ensuring the ballot is accepted and tabulated. You can access that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3paIYIbV9H0
Any voter wishing to participate in VBM can request an Absentee Ballot Application through one of the following methods:
In-Person: Elections & Voter Services – Room 201, Minneapolis City Hall, 50 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 612-673-2756
Online: Applications can be completed online through the Secretary of State here
NOTE: Applications are available in 11 different languages on the EVS website.
- Early In-Person – Early Vote Center
Early Voting (In-Person absentee balloting) gives voters the option of casting their ballot prior to Election Day and this is primarily operated from the City’s Downtown Early Vote Center located at 217 S. Third Street, one block northwest of City Hall. There, voters can receive their ballot as well as assistance in accessing and marking their ballot from election judges. As in years past, the service hours for in-person voting will be expanded during the final two weeks before Election Day and include weekend hours.
More details on in-person voting and the service hours can be found on the Elections website here.
Important note: The Downtown Early Voter Center is the only site open the full 46 days of Early Voting
Direct balloting allows a voter to cast their ballot at the Early Vote Center in the exact same manner as at the polls on Election Day, with the same securities and protections, just earlier. In direct balloting, the voter completes the ballot and puts it directly into the tabulator and have it processed and counted right then – the exact same experience for voters at the polls on Election Day. Direct ballot is authorized during the final seven days immediately prior to Election Day, which begins Tuesday, October 30 and runs through Monday, November 5.