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Early voting and same-day registration: It’s not too late

Election Day is Nov. 7. The Metro State Votes campaign asks eligible voters to get to the polls.

While mayoral elections in Minneapolis and Saint Paul are getting the most attention, other cities in the twin cities metro area will also elect new council members and mayors. Also, every school district in the twin cities area will elect a new school board.

To ensure your voice is heard this year, here are a few reminders.

The first step is to see if you are registered to vote. Click here to find out.

Do you know where to go to vote? Click here to find your polling place.

Same-day registration
To register on Election Day, you need to bring proof that you live in your precinct. Most people can prove residency by bringing:

1. An ID with your current name and address.
a. A Minnesota driver’s license or learner’s permit OR
b. Tribal ID with name, address, photo, and signature.

2. A photo ID (driver’s license; U.S. Passport; Military or Veteran ID; a Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID; or high school ID) along with an approved document that indicates your current address.

Approved documents (which may be shown on an electronic device) include:
a. Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election day
b. Current student fee statement
c. Bill, account, or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election (including phone, TV, or internet bill; banking or credit card; rent or mortgage).

3. A voucher. A registered voter from your precinct who can go to the polling place with you and sign an oath confirming your address.

Click here for a complete list of acceptable methods.

Early voting
If you don’t want to wait till Nov. 7 to vote, then early voting is an option.

Registered or not, you can show up at your county election office until Monday, Nov. 6 and vote in person. Click here to find your county election office.

Note: If you are not registered, you must bring proof of residency, just as you would for same-day registration. (See above under same-day registration for more info.)

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at:
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Metro State Votes: Early voting has begun

Early voting for 2017 municipal and school district elections has begun.

Many school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will also have elections on Nov. 7. In addition to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, elections will be in Bloomington, Circle Pines, Falcon Heights, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, Mounds View, New Brighton, Savage, Saint Anthony, Saint Louis Park and White Bear Lake.

Minnesota residents can cast ballots in person at their county election office, vote online, or vote by mail (see details below).

Register online to vote
If you have never voted or have moved since you last voted, you need to register. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 17.  Register online at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Vote today – early voting has begun
As of Sept. 22, Minnesota residents can cast votes in person at the county election office (some cities might have multiple locations). Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

(Note: Those who are not already registered must show proof of residence)

Vote by mail
Vote early by mail. Get more information at the Minnesota State Secretary’s website.

Help others vote
This effort can be localized to your neighborhood, apartment or workplace. Small measures that can make a difference include reminding a friend they may register on Election Day, driving someone to the polling place, or vouching (verifying residency) for a neighbor in your precinct so they can vote.

If you have questions about voter eligibility, or would like to know more about Get Out The Vote or Ranked Choice Voting efforts this year, contact Ed Day for Metro State Votes at: 
yu5187lu@metrostate.edu or community.engagement@metrostate.edu

Nov. 10: MAPL Election Decompression

The student-led Advocacy, Political Leadership and Service Club (APLS) and Metro State Votes Campaign invite the campus and greater community:

5:30 p.m., Thursday Nov. 10, 2016
Great Hall (New Main)
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus

Join a discussion inclusive to diverse perspectives on this historic election with this seasoned panel:

Moderator
Laura Mortensen, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Panelists
Kendal Killian—Coordinated Campaign Director, MN-DFL
Philip Fuehrer—Chair, Minnesota Independence Party
Matt Filner—Professor of Political Science, Metropolitan State
Anika Robbins—Founder and Director, Black Votes Matter Campaign
Anastacia Belladonna Cerrera—Executive Director, Minnesota Common Cause
Jake Spano—Chief of Staff, Office of Minnesota Secretary of State

Free food will be provided by Alimama. Festivities to follow at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul.

For more information, contact Brett Buckner at se5212ez@metrostate.edu.