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Prep for the Polls and Vote!

By YWCA Minneapolis
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July 19, 2022


Get ready

This is an exceptional election year in Minnesota. That’s because based on the 2020 census count, all district lines were re-drawn according to population in areas we live and vote for representation. This means all of the available state seats are up for a vote. Don’t be overwhelmed! We’ve got all of the information you need to feel prepared and energized this election season.

Register

Tuesday, July 19 – Final day to register in advance for the primary election. If you miss this deadline, you can register same day at the polls.

Vote!

General Election

Friday, Sept. 23 – Monday, Nov. 7:

Tuesday, Oct. 18:

Tuesday, Nov 8: Election Day!

Next Steps

  • Make a plan to vote: early in person, early by mail, or on Election Day.
  • Confirm logistics like work and transportation considerations. You have the right to have time off work to vote on Election Day.
  • Study your sample ballot to research candidates and topics that will be on your ballot.
  • Bring your sample ballot with you to the polls, if you like. It’s allowed!
  • Vote!
  • Celebrate your civic engagement!

New to voting?

Are you turning 18 years of age?
Do you have a criminal record?
Currently, unhoused/experiencing homelessness?
Learn how and when you can vote here.

Who is on the ballot?

  • U.S. Representative (Congressional House Seats)
  • Governor & Lieutenant Governor (on the ballot together as a pair)
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Judicial Seats
  • State Constitutional Officers (Roles required by the Minnesota Constitution to be elected by the people – they do incredibly important work on our elections, regulations, budget, and other state functions):
    • Secretary of State
    • Attorney General
    • State Auditor

Local Seats

Your ballot may also have the following local seats:

  • County Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • School Board Member
  • City Officers
  • Township Officers
  • Local ballot questions

Special Elections

To see if there are any additional special elections or items on your ballot, you can download a sample ballot here to see exactly what will appear for you based on your address.

Where and When

Find out where and when to vote early here. This is a good option if you will have conflicts on election day (work, transportation, etc).

Questions?

YWCA Minneapolis is a mission-driven, nonpartisan organization committed to being a resource to the community for civic engagement and education. Feel free to reach out to us with any other questions you have at pubpol@ywcampls.org.

Thank you for your civic engagement!

Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Website

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