Weekend hours begin for Early Vote Center
With the municipal election less than two weeks away, the Early Vote Center now has weekend hours. Anyone who can vote in Minneapolis on Election Day can vote early at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St. For people visiting the Early Vote Center on weekends, a limited number of free parking spots are available at the center.
The Early Vote Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from now until the election. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 3. The center’s last day of service is Monday, Nov. 6, which is the day before Election Day, and hours that day are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mail-in ballots should be in the mail by Monday, Oct. 30
People planning to vote by mail are strongly encouraged to return their completed ballots as early as Monday, Oct. 30 in order to be processed in time to count in the election. Absentee ballots sent upon request to voters come with a postage-paid, pre-addressed envelope so the completed ballots can be mailed in. All mail-in ballots must be received by 3 p.m. Election Day in order to be counted, so returning the completed vote-by-mail ballot as early as possible helps ensure it will get counted. Voters can also bring in their absentee ballots to the Early Vote Center prior to Election Day.
Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Early voters can use the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information on how to fill out a ballot.
Voter guides are in the mail
Minneapolis voters should watch their mail over the next few days for a voter guide. Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services sent a voter guide to every household in Minneapolis to help voters understand their rights, how they can register and vote, and what’s on the ballot.
Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services is responsible for administering elections in the City of Minneapolis. For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, residents can visit vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.
This election uses ranked-choice voting
Minneapolis 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. Ranked-choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. In Minneapolis, ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections.
More information on ranked-choice voting is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv.
Get elections info at vote.minneapolismn.gov
The City has an elections-focused website: vote.minneapolismn.gov. This website is a central place to go for accurate, timely information about this year’s election and ranked-choice voting. The fresh, intuitive design is focused on the user, with content on the site arranged according to specific audiences including voters, candidates, volunteers and students.
Published Oct 27, 2017