Minneapolis, St. Paul and other communities around the state are holding elections Tuesday for mayor, City Council, and school board seats. A number of school district questions are on the ballot.
Minneapolis saw a record turnout for early voting, with 11,804 ballots cast during the 46-day period, City Clerk Casey Carl said Monday night.
“It’s been astounding,” Carl said. “Research shows what really drives it is competitive races and controversial questions. All of that interest really adds up to people turning out.”
The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. With a few exceptions, anyone who is a U.S. citizen, is at least 18 years old and has lived in Minnesota for 20 days immediately before the election is eligible to vote.
If you aren’t registered to vote, you can do so at your polling place. Go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website to find out how.
Follow our continuous election coverage Tuesday at startribune.com.
Here's a voter's guide for races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. You can find information about candidates, how ranked choice voting works, campaign finance reports and Star Tribune stories about the campaign.
Here's a summary of what's on the ballot in Minneapolis:
• Mayoral: There are 16 candidates on the ballot.
• City Council: All 13 council seats are up for election, and many of the wards feature competitive races.
• Ballot: Minneapolis residents also will be voting on candidates for the Park and Recreation Board and the Board of Estimate and Taxation.
• Ranked Choice: You can rank up to three choices for each office. Your ballot will be allocated to your first-choice candidate until they are no longer in contention after a series of elimination rounds.
• Polling place?: Find out by going to: pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/. For the first time, Minneapolis voters will check in using electronic rosters, known as e-poll books, instead of paper rosters.
Here's a summary of what's on the ballot in St. Paul:
• Mayoral: There are 10 candidates running, and for the first time in 12 years, there’s no incumbent.
• Ballot: There are no City Council races on the ballot in St. Paul, but some school board offices are up for election, with six candidates vying for three at-large seats.
• Ranked choice: You can rank up to six choices for mayor. Your ballot will be allocated to your first-choice candidate until they are no longer in contention after a series of elimination rounds. You can vote for up to three candidates in the school board race, which is not ranked choice.
• Polling place: You can find out where to vote in Ramsey County by using this site: pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.
• Ballot: Among the highlights are City Council races in Bloomington with four of seven seats on the ballot, and in St. Anthony with two of five seats up for election; a mayoral contest in Minnetonka, and a school referendum in the Anoka-Hennepin district.