Time to vote: Tuesday is primary day in Minnesota

Mid-August may not feel like time to cast a ballot, but it is. Voters in Minnesota's primary election will select their party's candidates in a couple of competitive Congressional races and dozens of legislative contests.
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Get ready to connect the arrows on your ballot. It's time to vote in Minnesota's primary election. The Constitutional amendments and some other big races won't show up until November, but August is not devoid of interesting races.

By way of an overview, the Associated Press offers a five bullet-point guide to the primary. In particular, there are two Congressional primaries that are hotly contested. One is in northeastern and east-central Minnesota, where three Democrats are vying for the chance to face off against Republican Chip Cravaack in the Eighth District. The other is in the southeast, where Republicans will choose between two candidates hoping to oust Democrat Tim Walz in the First District.

All of the seats in the state Legislature will be up for election this fall and in 40 of them primary voters will narrow the field of candidates.

Don't forget that political maps have been redrawn since you last voted. To be sure where to vote, visit the secretary of state's polling place finder and plug in your zip code.

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