Get ready for the Nov. 7 election, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting
The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 7 municipal election, which will be the city’s third election to use ranked-choice voting. Sample ballots are now available, and voters can go to the elections webpages to see how their ballots will look in November.
There are three ways voters can cast their ballots: by mail, in person at the Early Vote Center and in person at their polling place on Election Day. As we get closer to the election, the City is working to remind folks how to use ranked-choice voting, and to make sure people know how to register to vote, how to find their polling place, and to answer any other questions about voting.
Sample ballots available now
You can see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like. Just go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can get your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.
In the mayor’s race, 16 candidates will appear on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other citywide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board. Columbia Park residents will also have a chance to select a representative for Ward 1 Council Member and District 1 Park Board Commissioner.
Early voting is underway – Request a ballot now
Early voting has now begun, and any voter who wants to cast an early ballot can do so. This can be done in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Ave. S. and Third St. S., one block from City Hall. Standard voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day.
To vote early by mail, voters may request an absentee ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.