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It's National Voter Registration Day: Here's how you can sign up in MN

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There are hundreds of thousands of people who could vote in Minnesota, but aren't registered – and millions across the country.

On Tuesday, a group will try to change that.

National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) is a nationwide effort to get more people registered to vote.

In 2008, 30 million Americans simply weren't registered to vote by the time Election Day came around, the Washington Post reported. Many of those didn't know how to register, didn't meet deadlines, or had some other obstacle to overcome.

As of Nov. 3, 2014, nearly 3.18 million Minnesotans were registered to vote.

But the Secretary of State's Office has said there are about 700,000 Minnesotans who could be registered, but aren't.

The group behind tomorrow's registration push wants "to make sure no one is left out" in 2015.

The Voter Participation Center is working to get more millennials, people of color, and unmarried women registered to vote, writes the organization's president on Huffington Post. By the 2016 elections, there will be 125 million eligible voters in those voting blocs – which is 57 percent of the entire voting-eligible population in the U.S.

Register online in Minnesota

The registration effort is going on across the country, but Minnesotans have a few less hurdles to clear than many other states.

According to Ballotpedia, Minnesota is one of 23 states with online voter registration.

You can register by clicking here and filling out a couple minutes' worth of questions.

(And fun fact, the system had actually been ruled invalid by a judge, but as MinnPost reported, the state Legislature got together and passed something last-minute to keep it from being shut down).

Hennepin County Commissioner Marino Greene tweeted this:

Minnesota also allows you to vote on Election Day – here's what you need for that. And if you don't feel like going anywhere after registering, there's even no-excuse absentee voting, so you can send in a ballot via mail.

Elections coming

Yes, 2016 is the big one, with the White House, U.S. Congresspeople and state lawmaker seats up for bid. But Minnesota's got some local and special elections in the coming weeks.

Nov. 3 is general election day, where a number of city and school board positions will be voted on, according to the Secretary of State's website. That day will also be a special election for some voters in Hennepin County, to replace outgoing Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. (He's moving to Europe with his family.)

And on Dec. 8, residents in the very northeast portion of the state will have a special election to fill the seat of Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, who died last month.

Find a list of candidates here.

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