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The number of people voting early in Minneapolis is way up

Here's the lowdown on early voting.

It's not too early to vote in the Nov. 7 city election in Minneapolis.

In fact more than 4,000 people have already done it, which is a 65 percent increase in early voting compared to the run-up to the last mayoral election. 

The city announced Friday that 4,012 ballots have been cast so far. About 15 percent of those were mailed in, but most were cast at the Early Vote Center, which is at 217 S. Third St., on the corner of 3rd and 3rd downtown.

On Monday the hours for early voting there will expand. It'll be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. And on Oct. 28 they'll add weekend hours: 9 to 4 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. 

If you need to register, you can take care of that at the Early Vote Center, too, as long as you bring proof of your address. 

To vote by mail you can request an absentee ballot here

Remember that Minneapolis and St. Paul both use ranked-choice voting in city elections. You can find a refresher on how that works here

Early voting elsewhere

Over in Ramsey County in-person early voting doesn't start until October 31. When it does begin they'll have five places where you can vote.

But you can already request an absentee ballot and either mail it in or drop it off in person at the county's Election Center in St. Paul. 

Every county in Minnesota will have at least one place where you can vote before Election Day. 

You can find your county election office here. Some cities and towns set up early voting stations, too. 

Regardless of whether you're voting early or waiting until Nov. 7, you get a look at who's on your local ballot by plugging in your zip code at this page.

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