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SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Eligible Minnesota voters have one week until the July 22 deadline to pre-register to vote for the August 12 Primary Election. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encourages voters to register online at mnvotes.org to save time at the polling place.
Nearly 5,700 eligible Minnesota voters have successfully registered online.
“Online registration delivers a great convenience for eligible voters to get involved and get ready to vote,” says Ritchie.
Voters may also pre-register by contacting their local elections office to request a voter registration application form, or download and print an application (available in several languages) at mnvotes.org: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1786.
Paper voter registration forms must be received by elections offices by 5 p.m. on July 22, while voters may register online until 11:59 p.m. on July 22.
Voters who miss the July 22 pre-registration deadline can still register at their polling place on Primary Election Day by bringing one of the many approved proof-of-residence options, listed at mnvotes.org: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1767.
Voters may continue to register to vote online for the November 4 General Election through 11:59 p.m., October 14.
Get Ready to Vote — Voter Tools at mnvotes.orgVoters are encouraged to visit mnvotes.org for other helpful online tools, including:
2014 Is a Significant Election YearThis election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.
Key 2014 election dates:
View all 2014 election dates at the Secretary of State Website and sign up to receive election-related email updates.
About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of StateThe Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.
The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.
A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.
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