Minneapolis moves 50 polling places to ensure social distancing

The city will move polling places in residential areas and in places where social distancing can't be maintained.
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Minneapolis will move 50 polling places ahead of the upcoming Aug. 11 primary and Nov. 3 general election to help ensure proper social distancing can be maintained.

The City of Minneapolis said it would move polling places in high-rises and senior homes where residents might be at-risk. The city also identified polling places where it would be difficult to keep voters six feet apart.

The city’s Elections and Voter Services worked with the school board and parks service to find new polling locations. Thirty-five locations will be in schools while 22 will be in park buildings. 

The city will use a total of 94 buildings on Election Day. 

“The importance of this election requires that Minneapolis voters be able to cast their ballots safely,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement.

"While we can and will encourage everyone to vote by mail, expanding physical space is an essential measure for making in-person voting as safe as possible for our elections staff and our residents."

You can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail here.

Along with voting by mail, the city also encouraged voters to take advantage of early voting at the Hennepin County Government Center.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people take advantage of vote-by-mail when possible. Polling places should also ensure people are six feet apartment and encourage the use of face coverings, according to the CDC.

In Minneapolis, face covering will be required for election judges and voters. Voters may also choose to vote curbside instead of entering the polling location.

Minnesota is consistently one of the top states for voter turnout in the country, with almost 75 percent of eligible voters taking part in the 2016 general election, according to The Secretary of State's office

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