Minnesota Polling Hours & Key Election Day Info 2016

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The presidential election is upon us. If you live in Minnesota, you may be wondering when polling hours are open, as well as other key election day information.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 general election:

DATE: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

POLLING HOURS:  7 a.m.* – 8 p.m. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, towns with less than 500 registered voters are not required to open until 10 a.m. but most choose to open at 7 a.m.  The state says, “As long as you’re in line by 8 p.m., you can vote, even if you do not reach the front of the line until after 8 p.m.”

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Minnesota voters will be able to choose from among these candidates for president:

Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence Republican
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley Constitution Party
Dan R. Vacek and Mark Elworth, Jr. Legal Marijuana Now
Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart Socialist Workers Party
Jill Stein and Howie Hawkins Green Party jill2016.com
“Rocky” Roque De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg American Delta Party
Evan McMullin and Nathan Johnson Independence
Gary Johnson and William Weld Libertarian Party

In addition, Maryland voters will select members of the U.S. House, and there are a number of state listings. Get more information on those here.

WHERE DO I VOTE?: The state has a website where you can look up your polling place. The polling place is usually located near where you live.

ELECTORAL VOTES AT STAKE:  Minnesota has 10 electoral votes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: The state says, “You have a right to time off work to vote, without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.” If you are registered to vote, your name will be on a list of voters, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. “You just need to write your signature next to your name. If you are registered, you do not need to show ID when you sign in,” the state says. You can register at your polling place on Election Day, but you will have to provide proof of residence. You can find a list of acceptable proof here.

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