Expanded weekend hours for early voting start Saturday
With 10 days to go before the Primary, the opportunities for voters to cast a ballot early are expanding. Any voter can choose to skip the polling place and waiting in line on Election Day by voting early by absentee ballot. For voters who want to vote by mail, time is quickly winding down to request a ballot with enough time to get that ballot and get it completed and back in to Elections & Voter Services. Early voting in-person at the Early Vote Center is continuing, with Saturday hours being added this week and next, on July 30 and Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. being added to the standard times Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 is the final day for voters to cast an absentee ballot in-person, when the Early Vote Center will be open until 5 p.m.
To vote in-person on Saturday or during any of the scheduled hours, voters need to come to the Early Vote Center located at 217 S. Third St, in Downtown Minneapolis, one block from City Hall.
Voters can save time when voting early by taking these three steps:
- Make sure you’re registered to vote, or if you need to register when you vote, know what you need to bring. You can check your registration status and learn more about registering on Election Day by visiting vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register.
- Complete the absentee ballot application in advance and bring it with you. The application form is available online in multiple languages and can be downloaded and printed out to bring with you from vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.
- Look at your sample ballot ahead of time. You can print it out, use it to research the offices and candidates you’ll be voting on, and practice completing the ballot. You are allowed to bring your sample ballot with you as a reference when you go to vote. Get your sample ballot based off your home address at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 2, in-person early voters will be able to take advantage of direct balloting. This is the result of a change in state law taking effect for the first time in this election, allowing voters casting an in-person absentee ballot in the final seven days before an election to insert their completed absentee ballot directly into the ballot tabulator instead of sealing it into the series of envelopes otherwise required as part of absentee voting. This change will streamline the voting process and will also allow voters to receive notification from the ballot tabulator if there is an error on their ballot, such as voting in both parties’ primaries, giving the voter an opportunity to request a new ballot if necessary before the ballot is tabulated.
Vote by mail
Voters who want to vote by mail are urged to act right now to request a ballot so they can ensure their completed ballot is received by Elections & Voter Services no later than Election Day August 9. The application to receive an absentee ballot to return via mail can be completed online at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx
Elections & Voter Services is committed to getting ballots mailed out to voters within 24 hours of receiving a request. Voters must still allow enough time for that ballot to reach them via the mail, and then for the completed ballot to get back to Elections & Voter Services. It is also an option for voters to drop off their mail ballot to the Elections & Voter Services Office by 3 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots cannot be returned to a polling place on Election Day.
What’s on the ballot?
• United States Representative (District 5).
• Minnesota State Senator (Districts 59 and 62).
• Minnesota State Representative (Districts 59A and 60B).
• Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 6).
Presidential candidates are not on the primary ballot. Minnesota uses caucuses run by the political parties to help each party select a presidential candidate. Caucuses were held in March in Minnesota. Presidential candidates will be on the ballot in the November General Election.