What did you see at your polling location?

Twenty-five voters cast ballots during the first 40 minutes of polls opening for Tuesday’s primary election in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. Several voters said the big draw was the race between longtime Democratic Rep. Phyllis Kahn and candidate Mohamud Noor, who is trying to become the state’s first Somali-American legislator. Ann Arbor Miller/MPR News

People from across Minnesota are heading to the polls today to determine the party nominees for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, other constitutional offices, and the Minnesota House.

While there are several competitive primaries, political observers, the campaigns and party officials are all generally predicting lower voter turnout.

Did you vote today? What was the scene at your polling place? Was turnout low as expected? Did you have any trouble voting?

Today’s Question: Tell us your voting story. What did you see at your polling location?

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  • KTN

    Many open booths, and a lot of volunteers, but sadly not many voters – so I voted twice.

    • reggie

      Good on you! That’s really the least one can do to make the volunteers feel their efforts are appreciated.

  • Lou

    My husband and I also did not see many voters, but voting in a small rural precinct, I truthfully did not expect to see any. So I was pleased by the early turnout.

  • Cat

    I was the 123rd voter in my Mpls. Ward 2 precinct. Very quiet.

  • reggie

    Six poll workers, one voter. It’s a pretty good argument for moving all voting to mail ballots.

  • Frank D

    more poll workers than voters

  • Mark Zwolenski

    Only voter there!

  • Jon

    Waste of gas and time, I think the candidates are pretty much decided anyway. Hey guys I’m your typical U.S. voter even on non-primary days!

  • Josh D.

    4 judges, only one other person leaving when I got there, and one other arriving as I was leaving; in Roseville.

    • Nicholas Коля Goldsmith

      I had a similar situation in Midway (St Paul).

  • Jamie

    An opportunity to really make my vote count.

  • Frank Hawthorne

    My wife & I walked to downtown Rochester to vote. It was the noon hour, so you’d expect that others might be there to perform their duty, but… Five volunteer judges at our [Sr. Citizen Ctr.] station & ZERO others who were there to vote. According to the machine which tallied ours, we were but numbers 82 & 82. Hopefully, everyone was waiting till the later afternoon hours, or perhaps waiting to vote till after the work day. To me, this type of low turnout [coupled w. the “Pox-on-both-their-houses” cynicism which infects many of the electorate] reinforces the view that–unless we declare Voting Holidays–we need to move ALL “Election Days” to the weekend!

  • crh

    Saint Paul
    Not particularly busy, but the judges were engaged and
    helpful. There were others coming and going. On the way there and on
    the way back we reminded our neighbors of the important primary races
    and reasons to vote.

  • rvm4

    I was number 20 at our polling place. My girlfriend went an hour later and was number 25.

  • Scott Brazil

    I went in to vote around 11 am and was the only one voting at that time. I believe I was #77 for the day at that polling location. Truth be told, I voted for people today that I probably won’t vote for in November, i.e. the Democratic nominations were already shored up, so I decided to vote for what I thought would be best-case Republicans.

  • JB

    Very light in Eagan P-9A. At 5:30, only 168 ballots on the ballot machine tally screen. Thanked the volunteer judges as always.

  • tom mobry

    The poll workers were very bored. There were 2 other people in the polling place when I voted. Of course, I went at 6:30 pm. I encouraged the people I manage to get out and vote because it’s our civic duty.

  • Carlo

    It is almost 17 years I am here and still cannot get used to this way to vote:
    1- Is the vote a secret thing? We don’t want to let the russians know? We are bombarded by pubblicity of any kind but in order to know when to vote you have to do a big personal research and effort, mark your calendar and then find the right church!!!! I have also served as election judge to understand…still don’t get it. When I asked other people how do you know which is the right day to vote, the most common answer has been: it is your duty so you should know…go figure why America has one of the lowest % of voters!!!!
    2- too many places to vote, it is not justified to have a poll open for 2-300 voters, a poll can easily handle at least 1000 voters x day easily. When I did it I was bored all day.
    3- Let’s use the pubblic buildings, why we have to go in a church to vote? Didn’t somebody say that there is a dividing line between church and government? But we go to vote in a church but we have written on the dollar bills IN GOD WE TRUST…I don’t get it.
    4- The main issue I see is the low percentage of voters! This must mean something…

  • ww

    I took advantage of the new early voting, and voted by mail a week ago. So, I didn’t see any of the action at the polls today.

  • Clare

    I voted midday. There were 2 people voting when I arrived, and no one when I left.
    As I was leaving my house to go to the polls, a neighbor came by and I mentioned that I was on my way to vote. He took a good amount of time to grouse about the governor, light rail projects, and health care. But he hadn’t been following the choices among candidates, so didn’t want to vote.

  • STCgrad

    It was kind of nice – nobody else was there and the judges were excited to have someone come in to vote. Spent time talking to them and just visiting like you can’t do when there are lines out the door and people are waiting to vote.

  • Roy Cerling

    I voted in Wykoff Community Center, and that was 2 precincts combined. As of 5:30pm there had been 50 votes. There were a total of 8 judges (4/precinct), and they were excited to see our family troop in as it had been a slow day. We had a good time visiting with them, and promised to come back in November …

  • Brad Ballinger

    Voted at 5:30 in Saint Paul. I was the only one in the room. Granted, voting didn’t take very long, though.

  • Larry

    Cook County uses mail in ballots. I sent mine in over a week ago. Saves a lot of hassle and time on election day

  • http://twitter.com/CarpeCarne CarpeCarne

    My polling place was moved from a local city library to a Catholic church in St. Paul. I was disappointed to find that, over my head, there was a large crucifix of Jesus, displayed on the cross as only Catholics do, as I signed my name to the roll. I think it should have been covered up or temporarily removed. It felt like a violation of church/state separation to me. I much rather enjoyed the polling place when it was at a public library!

  • jasper

    I am not proud to admit it, but I did not vote this time. I usually do, but here is what bothers me most about voting:
    -Primaries. Our entire country (not just random cities) needs to embrace run off voting so we can eliminate primaries altogether. It would save everyone time and it would save the election office money. It also minimizes the ‘voting for the least worst candidate syndrome’.
    -Having to vote for one office all the way down a primary ballot. Just plain stupid. Like we need to reinforce the political polarization in this country….
    -Voting for judges who aren’t allowed to publicize where they stand on issues. Their websites aren’t helpful, so unless you know them, what information do you really have to go on in choosing? I never vote for someone I don’t have good information about, so I never vote for these offices.
    -With the web it’s exponentially better, but there are still candidates who have poor or no websites (especially for smaller, less popular offices), so I hate when I can’t find any or much information about a candidate.
    -Voting on a Tuesday in the heart of summer (another reason to hate primaries). Voting should be moved to a weekend day, or it should actually be a national holiday. I know work places are required to give people voting time, but it really isn’t happening for a lot of low end jobs. It isn’t happening for the factory floor workers, hospitality/service workers, etc…. anyone with a really time sensitive job.
    Despite all that venting, I promise to vote next time!

  • LisaB

    I went to vote at about 3:30 and mine was the 139th vote cast. The election judge told me that fewer than 10% of voters had come in at that point. This in a neighborhood that traditionally has high turnout. But, on the other hand, it’s a strongly DFL neighborhood and there was only one real race on that side of the ballot.