More than 107,000 absentee ballots have been received as of Friday, August 5 for tomorrow’s Minnesota primary election, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. There is no presidential race this year and the numbers show. The 2020 state primary election, a presidential election year, had over 544,00 absentee ballots accepted by the Friday before the primary.
How and where to vote
The Secretary of State website is the best place to start to find your polling location as it might not be the same as the last time you voted, due to redistricting as required by law after the 2020 census.
If not already registered to vote, Minnesota law allows you to vote on Election Day and vote on the spot.
For partisan races like for Congress, State Senate, House of Representatives and constitutional offices like for Governor and Attorney General, you can only vote for candidates from the same party.
Municipal election like the races for Brooklyn Park Mayor and City Council are nonpartisan and you will be voting to choose the top two candidates to advance to the November election.
Races Mshale is watching
Race for Brooklyn Mayor – This is a three-way race involving two sitting City Council members, Wynfred Russell, Boyd Morson and Hollies Winston who lost by two votes to current mayor Lisa Jacobson who will not be seeking reelection. One of three will be Brooklyn Park’s first Black Mayor.
Black women running for Minnesota State Senate
Senate District 38 – The race between Huldah Hiltsley and Susan Pha is between two women of color but Hiltsley’s candidacy is one of three races for state Senate being watched by the Black community in the state as one of history in the making. Minnesota has never elected a Black woman to the state Senate and now it has three chances to do so in one election cycle.
Senate District 63 – Zaynab Mohamed is one of three women likely to be elected as the first Black women elected to the state Senate.
Senate District 66 – DFLer Clare Verbeten running in Senate District 66 has no primary challenger and is virtually assured of victory in November in the largely Democratic district.
If Hiltsley and Mohamed prevail on Tuesday they will join Verbeten as the likely trio of first Black women elected to the Minnesota Senate in November.