Minnesota Elections Schedule
Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
August 9, 2016 - Primary Election Day
|Absentee ballots are available starting Friday||June 24, 2016|
|Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday||July 19, 2016|
November 8, 2016 - General Election
|Absentee ballots are available starting Friday||September 23, 2016|
|Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday||October 18, 2016|
Mayoral Elections and Others
- Republican/Democratic caucus
|March 1, 2016|
- Andover Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Julie Trude - Population(30,598)
- Blaine Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Tom Ryan - Population(57,186)
- Burnsville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Elizabeth B. Kautz - Population(60,306)
- Cottage Grove Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Myron Bailey - Population(34,589)
- Edina Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James B. Hovland - Population(47,941)
- Lakeville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Matt Little - Population(55,954)
- St. Cloud Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Dave Kleis - Population(65,842)
|November 8, 2016|
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.
By law, every Michigan voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.
Prepare for Election Day
Remember to bring an acceptable form of photo identification to the polls on Election Day. If you don't have photo ID you can still vote (see Voting Without Photo ID below).
Your photo ID does not need to have your address on it. In addition, the name on your identification card may be a shorter form of your name. For example, "Bill" for "William" and "Kathy" for "Katherine" are acceptable.
After showing your photo ID to the poll worker and signing the application, you may cast your ballot.
Voting Without Photo ID
- If you do not have photo ID, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit. The affidavit can be used by:
- Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID
- Voters who have photo ID but didn't bring it to the polls
Once you sign the affidavit, you may cast your ballot. It will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.
Getting a State ID Card
- If you do not have a driver's license or other acceptable photo identification, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10.
- State ID cards are free to individuals who are 65 or older or who are blind. Cards are also free to those who have had driving privileges terminated due to a physical or mental disability.
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Minnesota Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?
Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come
The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats
since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices.
As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80.
This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come.
(See Election Dates and Deadlines)
The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.
President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)
TIME OFF FOR VOTING: Yes
Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.
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