Election Day in St. Paul Tuesday

Like the rest of us, you’ve probably been bombarded with coverage of the presidential race. That election is 365 days away. There’s another election that hasn’t received as much attention – and it’s happening tomorrow.

It’s the Municipal and School District General Election. (Cue the low-voter turnout music, if previous elections are any indication.)

Here’s what voters in the Twin Cities need to know. (This doesn’t include the suburbs. You can look up your city here.)

Live in Minneapolis? No voting for you. The city isn’t holding an election in November this year because there aren’t any open city council seats. And there’s no school referendum, either.

However, Minneapolis is holding a primary election on Dec. 6 for House District 61B and Senate District 59. The general election is Jan. 10.

Live in St. Paul? It’s voting time. The city has all 7 city council and 4 at-large school board seats on the ballot. And it’s the first time voters will be able to rank their choices for the St. Paul city council. MPR reporter Laura Yuen has the details here.

Yuen explains:

Voters can pick the candidate they most want, but also select second and third choices, and so on. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and those votes are redistributed to the voters’ second choice. The process, also known as instant runoff, continues until someone gets a majority.

Questions? Ramsey County has explanatory videos and sample ballots here.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Do I need to register to vote before Election Day?

No. You can register at your polling place on Election Day. Information about what you’ll need to bring is available here.

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