You might not know it, but Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day.
Minnesotans won't be voting for president or members of U.S. Congress, but they will head to the polls to choose mayors, city councilors, park board members and/or whether to approve school board referendums, depending on where you live.
And even though this Election Day doesn't seem as flashy as last year, it's still important – and not just because it's your civic duty to vote.
Who you vote for in city elections determines a bunch of things that can affect you every day. Want a $15 minimum wage? Your city leaders can help with that. How about free street parking? Yeah, that's the city too. Want better parks in your neighborhood? Yup, that's also your local government.
So here's everything you need to know about when and where to cast your ballot, as well as who's on it.
So how do I vote?
To be eligible to vote, you have to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, done serving all parts of a felony sentence, and have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days.
Then you've got to be registered to vote. You can check if you're registered here. If you registered at least 21 days ago online or in-person, and were told it was successful, you should be good as long as you haven't moved. If you voted in the past four years, and are still at the same address, you should be ready to go too.
If you're not registered, that's fine – you can register on-site at the place you vote. (More on how to do that below.)
To find out who is running, just click this link and type in where you live. It'll tell you everything that'll be on your ballot before you get to your polling place.
When can I vote?
Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017. Polls are open generally from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you're in line by 8 p.m., you will get to vote – even if you haven't reached the front of the line yet.
In-person absentee voting is also an option in most cities if you can't make it to the polls on Election Day. Just head to your county election office.
Where do I vote?
You have a specific polling place based on where you live. Just punch in your address here, and it will tell you where to go.
What do I need to bring?
If you're registered to vote: Technically nothing. Just tell the election officials who you are when you get to the front of the line.
If you need to register to vote: If you have a valid driver's license with your current address, that's all you need.
If you don't have a driver's license, you can bring a combination of approved photo IDs and proof of where you live (so a lease or billing statement, for example).
There are a few other ways to go about it, including having a registered voter in the same precinct vouch for you, or bringing your college student ID with a student housing list.
What if I have to work?
Your job – under the law – has to give you time to vote. They cannot make you use personal or vacation time for it.
They can ask you to coordinate with other workers, so things still run smoothly if someone is gone. But any employer that violates this law is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Who should I vote for?
You know we aren't here to tell you that.
But in all sincerity, vote for who you think will be the best person for the job. It's as simple as that.
Now, go vote and show off that "I voted" sticker.