Tuesday Primaries to set general election ballot

Minnesotans will go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the stateâÄôs primary, an election which will decide the stateâÄôs nonpartisan and major party line-ups for the general election in November. The stateâÄôs party primaries will officially nominate candidates for races ranging from the state House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said. Nonpartisan posts, such as school board, will also be on some ballots, trimming the number of candidates on the general election ballot. âÄúBy the next morning, in most parts of the state, we will know all the candidates and we will know the shape of the general election ballot,âÄù Ritchie said. Where to go, what to bring Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. To vote, you must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days. Pre-registration for primaries has closed, but Minneapolis elections director Cindy Reichert said people can still register on election day. âÄúWe are happy to register anybody who wants to come,âÄù she said. Registering voters must provide a valid ID with a current address within the precinct, such as a Minnesota driverâÄôs license, identification card, or tribal ID. Those whose IDs feature an out-of-date address can still register with their IDs, but must also provide a utility bill or rent statement with an updated address dated within 30 days of election day. Those who donâÄôt plan on voting in the primary can still pre-register for the general election âÄî the deadline is Oct. 14. More information on voter registration can be found on the secretary of stateâÄôs website. Polling places around the University will be identical to those in November âÄî some people will vote at Coffman Union, while others will go to Grace University Lutheran Church on Harvard Street. Depending on where they live, West Bank residents may report to Seward Towers East on Franklin Avenue. Although the ballot features three different parties, voters can only cast votes for one partyâÄôs races. This yearâÄôs primary election is going to be executed exactly like the general election, Reichert said. âÄúWeâÄôre expecting such a large turnout for the general that we want to take everyone through the paces on primary day,âÄù she said. Absentee Voting People can also vote absentee, Reichert said. Those who wish to vote in their home precincts around Minnesota can report to Minneapolis City Hall to cast an absentee ballot Monday before 5 p.m. Ritchie said the primary outlook is strong for races across the state. âÄúThere are hot beds and places in the state where there are quite competitive primary races,âÄù he said.