Tuesday, August 9 is Primary Election Day in Minnesota

The front cover of the latest Mshale newspaper print edition has an indepth look at Minnesota's hottest Democratic Party primary in Minneapolis for the Minnesota House in a district that covers the University of Minnesota with the winner on Tuesday becoming the de facto representative.
Left to right: Craig Foss, incumbent Justice Natalie Hudson and Michelle MacDonald. Photo courtesy of MinnPost.
Left to right: Craig Foss, incumbent Justice Natalie Hudson and Michelle MacDonald. Photo courtesy of MinnPost.

Tuesday, August 9 is primary election day in Minnesota. Depending on where you live, there could be multiple races on your ballot or just one thing to vote for. The only statewide race on Tuesday that will be on everyone’s ballot is that for the Minnesota Supreme Court, where incumbent Natalie Hudson is facing two challengers. The top two on Tuesday will advance to the November general election. The incumbent Hudson is the only person of color in the race.

If you have not yet register to vote, Minnesota law allows you to register on election day.

Using your home address, find out where you will be voting by going here.

To register at your polling place on Election Day, bring one proof of residence listed below:

①  ID with current name and address

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID; or a receipt for any of these.
  • Tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature.

   Photo ID and a document with current name and address

Approved photo IDs (choose one)The ID can be expired.

  • Driver’s license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military or Veteran ID
  • Tribal ID with name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID
  • Minnesota high school ID

Approved documents (choose one)Can be shown on electronic device.

  • Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for:
    • Phone, TV or internet
    • Solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water
    • Banking or credit card
    • Rent or mortgage
  • Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day
  • Current student fee statement

③ Registered voter who can confirm your address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. This is known as ‘vouching.’ A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters. You cannot vouch for others if someone vouched for you.

④  College student ID with housing list

Colleges and universities send election officials a student housing list. If you are on the list, show your college photo ID to complete your registration.

⑤  Valid registration in the same precinct

If you are registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election judge your previous name or address.

⑥  Notice of Late Registration

If you registered to vote within 20 days of the election, you may get a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. Bring it with you and use it as your proof of residence to register.

⑦  Staff person of a residential facility

If you live in a residential facility, a staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. This is known as ‘vouching.’ A staff person can vouch for all eligible voters living in the facility.

The staff person must prove their employment at the facility. There are several ways to do this, including by showing an employee badge. Learn more.


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