Are you ready to vote? If not, there’s still time!
Here at Fazendin, we want to see our fellow Minnesotans ready for the upcoming election on November 6. We have compiled everything you will need to know—from registration and finding your local voting polls to voting alternatives and even educational resources for the ballot.
Who Can Vote?:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
- You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
- You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
Young voters represent nearly one-third of all eligible voters — yet only half of them actually show up to the polls. One obstacle this powerful political force faces (as well as everyone else in the state of Minnesota) is that you first have to register to vote. Before you grab your car keys and rush off to your local election office, make sure you have gathered all of the materials required to register.
Eligibility Verification Materials:
If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then.
If you have not voted in 4 or more years, or are not registered to vote, you will need to register at the polling place and bring valid picture ID with current name and address- (Driver’s License or Permit, State ID, or Tribal ID.)
In most cases, if you have recently moved, you just need to bring your picture ID with old address, and a piece of mail addressed to you with your current address. Could be a bill, card/bank statement, or lease agreement.
- This page has more info about alternative ID’s if someone does not have a current ID:
- County Election Offices:
You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person at the polls the day of the election.
Find Your Polling Place:
MN Polling Place Finder by address, tells you where you should go to vote as well as specific information about which candidates/offices are on your ballot, what school district you are voting for and more.
- Plymouth Polling Places:
- Wayzata Polling place:
600 Rice Street E, Wayzata, MN 55391
- City of Minneapolis Polling Places:
- List of St Paul and all St Paul Suburbs Polling Places:
Official Polling Place Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. As long as you are in line by 8:00 PM, you will be allowed to vote even if you do not reach the front of the line by 8:00 PM.
*In towns with less than 500 registered voters, polling places are not required to open until 10:00 AM, although most still open at 7:00 AM anyway.
What if I can’t get to my Polling Place?
In the state of Minnesota, you are legally allowed to leave work in order to vote without losing pay, sick leave, or vacation time. If you are still unable to make it to the polls, don’t lose hope. There are still ways to make your vote count.
What’s on the Ballot?
In today’s tech-savvy world, it is easier than ever to be an educated voter. Check out the links and information I have gathered below to ensure you are fully prepared for Nov. 6.
Races that will for sure be on your ballot:
- U.S. Senator
- U.S. Senator (Special Election)
- U.S. Representative
- Governor & Lt. Governor
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor
- Attorney General
- State Representative
- Judicial offices
Things that may appear on your ballot:
- County Officers
- City Officers
- School Board Members
- Township Officers
- Hospital Board Members
- Park Board District Members
- Local ballot questions such as –
For more information about Candidates for each race:
Get out there and get your America on, Minnesota. Carry out what our founders and so many others fought for the freedom to do—go vote! Regardless if you are voting for an incumbent or someone new to the ballot – don’t miss this chance to be heard.