If you want to pre-register to vote, the deadline is Tuesday

You will still be able to register on Election Day.
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If you're planning to pre-register to vote, you better do it soon.

Tuesday marks the last day Minnesotans can pre-register to vote, which will likely save them some time on Election Day. (If you miss the deadline, you'll still be able to register and vote at your polling place on Nov. 8.)

"I encourage all eligible Minnesotans to pre-register to vote, which will help reduce lines at voting sites on Election Day and save local governments money," Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a news release earlier this month.

It's pretty slick to pre-register online, just visit the Secretary of State's website here. All you need is an email address and your driver's license, state ID card number or your social security number. If you don't have those, you can register via a paper application.

The deadline for online pre-registration is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. If you're filling out the paper application, be sure to turn it into the Office of the Secretary of State or your local elections office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A record number of people are registered

As of Oct. 11, 3,204,503 Minnesotans had registered to vote – the largest number the state has seen going into Election Day, the Minnesota Secretary of State's website shows. There are still about 800,000 Minnesotans who are eligible to vote, but haven't registered.

More than 747,000 voters have pre-registered in Hennepin County alone – that's the highest in recorded history, a news release says. Since the primary election on Aug. 9, the number of pre-registered voters in the county grew by 31,000.

In the 2012 presidential election, Minnesota had the highest voter turnout in the nation, including roughly 683,000 in Hennepin County. That year, Hennepin County had 678,074 pre-registered voters, while 131,000 registered on Election Day, the release notes.

Early voting

A lot of people are voting early, too. (For information on how to vote no-excuse absentee, click here.)

The Pioneer Press reported last week that 90,000 Minnesotans had already voted, including 20,000 in Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties. While 31,000 people have voted and turned in their ballot in Hennepin County as of Monday (the county has issued 74,000 mail and in-person ballots so far), the release says.

To find news, commentary, and local events leading up to the 2016 election, head to Go Vote MN.

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