Time to figure out when, where to vote
The Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election is less than a week away, so it is time to jot down voting hours and where to go to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Voters should be sure to look on both sides of their ballots. Many questions relating to local issues, including school district referenda, are likely to be on the reverse sides of ballots. The Minnesota Secretary of State posts sample ballots for each precinct on line at myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us. This tool is handy for a voter who now lives in a different district because of redistricting at the state and county levels and needs to find his new district numbers.
At the school district level, voters will elect school board members and decide the fate of levy referendum questions for both Delano and Rockford Public Schools. At the county level, Hennepin and Wright County Commissioners are up for election. At the city level, voters will elect city council members in Medina, Loretto, Greenfield, Rockford, Corcoran and Delano. Most of these cities also have the mayor’s seat on the ballot.
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website tells voters who plug in their addresses exactly where to cast ballots. In general, here are area poll locations.
Voters in Independence will not see city council members on the ballot, but they still will want to weigh in on everything else. The polling place is Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90.
In Medina, Precinct 1A residents will vote at Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24. Precinct 1A voters live in either the Orono (District 278) or Delano (879) School Districts. Precinct 1B voters will cast ballots at the Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive. In Precinct 1B voters live in either the Wayzata (District 284) or Rockford (District 884) School Districts.
In Loretto, voters will head for the new location of Loretto City Hall, 279 N. Medina St., Suite 260. New City Hall is upstairs in the office park building located just to the north of the Loretto Fire Department.
All Rockford residents in Hennepin County and Wright County vote at the Rockford Community Center, 7600 County Road 50 (Rebecca Park Trail).
In Greenfield, vote at Greenfield City Hall, 7738 Commerce Circle.
Delano residents will vote at Delano City Hall, 234 Second St. N.
In Corcoran, Vote at Corcoran City Hall, 8200 County Road 116.
The deadline for registering to vote prior to the election has passed. In Minnesota citizens may register on Election Day at their polling places, but they must provided proof of residence, such as a Minnesota drivers license or learner’s permit, a valid student ID including a photo, or a photo ID that might have expired coupled with a bill delivered to current address. A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath.
To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota a person must:
• Be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
• Be a United States citizen
• Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
• Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
• Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
• Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
A voter’s registration remains current until he or she moves, changes his or her name, or has not voted for four consecutive years. Voters may update their registration information by completing and submitting another voter registration application.
Citizens who are unable to get to their polling places can cast absentee ballots prior to Election Day. In Minnesota, citizens are allowed to vote absentee due to absence from their precincts, illness or disability, serving as an election judge in another precinct or religious discipline or observance of religious holiday, or eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by the federal or state government.
A voter may cast an absentee ballot in person, at his county auditor’s office and in some cases his city or township clerk’s office on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the county auditor’s office must be open for absentee balloting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
Check with the local city hall for absentee ballot locations and times — Greenfield at 763-477-6464, Rockford at 763-477-6565, Corcoran at 763-400-7032, Loretto at 763-479-4305, Medina at 763-473-4643, Independence at 763-479-0527 and Delano at 763-972-0550.