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Voters Get Ready for Election Day –Tuesday, November 6
Posted Date: 11/1/2012

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                                              Voters Get Ready for Election Day –Tuesday, November 6

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Nov. 1, 2012—Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today asked voters to get ready to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.  For many voters this Election Day will be the first time they have cast a ballot since statewide redistricting.  Voters’ congressional, state senate, state house, county commissioner, city ward and school board member districts as well as polling locations may have changed. 
 
“Now is the time for all eligible voters to check to make sure that they are registered, get informed about candidates and ballot questions and find their polling locations for the election on November 6,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Get Registered.  Voters can use the Voter Registration Lookup tool to check to see if they are registered to vote at their current address.  If they are not registered, Minnesota voters can still register to vote on Election Day by providing proof of residence.  Those who are registered do not need to bring any documentation to the polls. Same day registration information is available at: www.mnvotes.org.

Get Informed. To educate themselves about the voting process and the many important decisions they will make, voters should visit Minnesota’s one-stop voter information resource www.mnvotes.org.   This website provides answers to frequently asked voter questions and includes online tools such as:

• My Ballot: an online tool that provides each voter with their sample ballot along with information on the candidates and ballot questions;

• Absentee Ballot Lookup: a tool that allows voters to track the status of their absentee ballot and ensure that their ballot was accepted; and

• Polling Place Finder: a tool that helps voters find their polling location and provides a map to that location. 

Go Vote!  Most polling locations open on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 a.m. (Some township polling locations open as late as 10 a.m.).  All polling locations are open until 8 p.m.

“Pre-registered voters do not need to provide identification when they vote, but eligible voters who want to register on Election Day do need to bring additional information with them,” explained Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “Taking a few minutes now to prepare for Election Day by visiting  www.mnvotes.org to check your voter registration status, learn what’s on your ballot and look up where you vote will be time well spent.”   

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Editor’s Note:
Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142.