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In 24 Hours, Minnesota Sees Record-Breaking 73,400 Online Voter Registrations

October 18, 2016

Today is last day to pre-register to vote; Voters who miss deadline can still register on Election Day at their polling place

SAINT PAUL — Today, Secretary of State Steve Simon announced that Minnesota saw a record-breaking 73,478 online vote registrations Monday—shattering the previous one-day record of nearly 27,000 online voter registrations. This number includes both new registrations and updates to existing registrations.

Today is the last day for Minnesotans to pre-register to vote ahead of the November 8 General Election. Eligible Minnesotans can register to vote online at mnvotes.org until 11:59 p.m., or return a paper voter registration application to the Office of the Secretary of State or their local elections office by 5 p.m. Voters who do not pre-register may register at their polling place on Election Day.

The surge in online voter registrations is likely the result of a reminder pushed to Minnesotans by Facebook Monday evening.

“I encourage all Minnesotans to visit mnvotes.org and register to vote today,” said Secretary Simon. “The voter registration process is easier and more convenient than ever before, and pre-registering will help reduce lines at voting sites on Election Day. Minnesotans who don’t pre-register can still register at their polling place on Election Day.”

Voter registration applications are also available at every state agency, all 87 county offices throughout the state, and online in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer, Amharic, and Karen. To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, please call 1-877-600-8683

Minnesotans who are already registered to vote can confirm that their voter registration information is up to date at mnvotes.org, and should encourage their friends, family and co-workers to do the same. While Minnesota has more than 3.2 million registered voters, there are an additional 800,000 citizens who are eligible but have not yet registered to vote.

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