Ballots are being cast in advance of Election Day at a record pace, and Bloomington voters waiting to cast their ballot at their neighborhood precinct will have that opportunity next week.
Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters are asked to wear face coverings at the polling places and observe social distancing while waiting to cast a ballot.
Election Day features races and ballot questions at all levels, from the presidential election to ballot questions in Bloomington about to the future of Bloomington’s organized garbage collection and whether the city’s elections should use ranked-choice voting to determine the winners. Federal, state and county races are on this November’s ballot, as well. Legislative candidate profiles and information are available through The League of Women Voters Bloomington at lwv-bloomington.com.
To vote in the election, residents must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days as of Election Day and maintain a residence at the address on the voter registration application. Voters must re-register if they have moved to a different address, changed their name or have not voted once within the past four years.
Registration at the polls is available on Election Day. To register, voters must have an authorized proof of residence, such as a valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or receipt of either with a current address located in the precinct. Also accepted as proof of residence is a valid Minnesota identification or receipt with the voter’s current address in the precinct, a registered voter from the precinct who can vouch for the applicant, registration in the same precinct indicating a previous name or address, a mailed notice from the registration office indicating late registration or a tribal identification with the name, address, signature and picture of the applicant.
Voters may also register with a photo identification and a current bill. Accepted photo identifications include a Minnesota driver’s license or identification, a Minnesota post-secondary student identification, a tribal identification, a U.S. military identification or a U.S. passport. Current bills – such as a utility bill, rent statement dated within 30 days of the election or a student fee statement – are accepted if they show the voter’s name and address in the precinct.
A map of the precincts and a list of polling places are available through the city’s website, tr.im/votinginfo. The Secretary of State’s website will identify which precinct Bloomington residents live in. Precinct and other election information is available online from Hennepin County at tr.im/vote20.
Early voting continues through 5 p.m. Monday at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road.
Sun Current election coverage is available online at tr.im/sc2020.
Election results will appear online Tuesday night, Nov. 3, at current.mnsun.com, and in the Nov. 12 edition of the Sun-Current.
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