Election Day: Where to vote and what to expect at the polls


Where and how to vote

Polls across Minnesota are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Voting must be done at your designated polling place, which is based on your address. The Secretary of State's office has a poll finder tool (click here to use it), where you can type in your address and it will tell you where your polling place is.

If you have not yet registered to vote, you can do so on Election Day at your polling place. You'll need to provide some documentation – an updated photo ID with your address, or a photo ID along with another document that confirms your address, for example – that proves what your address is. You can find the requirements here.

Under Minnesota law, everyone who is eligible to vote has the right to miss work for "the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work" on election day, with no penalty in salary or wages because of the absence.

The new law says Minnesota public transit providers must offer regular, fixed-route transit service free of charge on Election Day, designed to make it as easy as possible for voters to get to the polls. Here's a list of all the transit systems in the state.

Tablets and laptops

Twenty precincts in six different counties will be using electronic pollbooks for Tuesday's elections, the Secretary of State's office announced last week.

Typically a laptop or tablet, the e-pollbook contains the list of registered voters in a precinct. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration says the technology allows poll workers to locate a voter’s information quickly and accurately, in order to confirm a voter’s registration status.

The participating counties include Blue Earth, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis.

Still undecided?

There are a few tools available to help you sort it out. MPR News' Select-a-Candidate lets you take a short quiz, asking how you feel about certain issues and how important you feel those issues are. At the end, it will display how you match up with each candidate when it comes to belief and policies.

The Star Tribune MyVote section allows you to punch in an address and see a list of every single candidate that will be on your ballot, along with background and bios about nearly every one.

Still have other questions? You can probably find the answer at the Secretary of State's MnVotes section.

Major races in Minnesota:

Governor: Incumbent Mark Dayton (DFL), Jeff Johnson (R), Hannah Nicollet (Independence), Chris Holbrook (Libertarian), Chris Wright (Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis).

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Al Franken (D), Mike McFadden (R), Steve Carlson (Independence), Heather Johnson (Libertarian).

Attorney General: Incumbent Lori Swanson (DFL), Scott Newman (R), Andy Dawkins (Green), Brandon Borgos (Independence), Mary O'Connor (Libertarian), Dan Vacek (Independent).

Secretary of State: Dan Severson (R), Steve Simon (DFL), Bob Helland (Independence), Bob Odden (Libertarian). (Incumbent Mark Ritchie is retiring)

State Auditor: Incumbent Rebecca Otto (DFL), Randy Gilbert (R), Pat Dean (Independence), Keegan Iverson (Libertarian), Judith Schwartzbacher (Grassroots).

Congress, 1st District: Incumbent Tim Walz (D), Jim Hagedorn (R).

Congress, 2nd District: Incumbent John Kline (R), Mike Obermueller (D), Paula Overby (Independence).

Congress, 3rd District: Incumbent Erik Paulsen (R), Sharon Sund (D).

Congress, 4th District: Incumbent Betty McCollum (D), Sharna Walhgren (R), Dave Thomas (Independence).

Congress, 5th District: Incumbent Keith Ellison (D), Doug Saggett (R), Lee Bauer (Independence).

Congress, 6th District: Tom Emmer (R), Joe Perske (D), John Denney (Independence). (Incumbent Michele Bachmann is retiring)

Congress, 7th District: Incumbent Collin Peterson (D), Torrey Westrom (R).

Congress, 8th District: Incumbent Rick Nolan (D), Stewart Mills (R), Ray "Skip" Sandman (Green).

State House of Representatives: All districts

State Senate: Not up this year. Every state senator seat will be on the ballot in 2016.

State Supreme Court, Seat 2: Incumbent Wilhelmina Wright, John Hancock (nonpartisan race)

State Supreme Court, Seat 3: Incumbent David Lillehaug, Michelle MacDonald (nonpartisan race)

Local races: Vary by location, but include appeals court and district court judges, mayors, city councils, county boards, sheriffs, county attorneys, school boards and school referendum questions, soil and water conservation district supervisors.

Here's a map of Minnesota's Congressional districts:

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