Voting Nov. 4: The basics

  • Updated: October 7, 2014 - 9:28 AM

WHO CAN VOTE?

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 today's election is eligible to vote. Exceptions include someone under a court-ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked or a person determined by a court to be legally incompetent to vote. In addition, people can't vote while serving a sentence resulting from a felony conviction; however, once the full sentence is completed -- including parole and probation -- the right to vote is automatically restored.

WHEN TO VOTE

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. In some townships, polls open at 10 a.m.

Under state law, employees who are eligible to vote have the right to be away from work for the time necessary to go to their polling place, vote and return to work, without being penalized or having their pay deducted.

WHERE TO VOTE

You can find your polling place at www.startribune.com/myvote or http://pollfinder.sos. state.mn.us. You also can contact your county, city or the Secretary of State's office (651-215-1440; outstate: 1-877-600-VOTE; www.mnvotes.org).

ARE YOU REGISTERED?

You can find out at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx

TO REGISTER TODAY

If you aren't registered at your current address, you may register to vote at your polling place today. To do so, you must provide proof of your identity and where you live, such as a valid Minnesota driver's license, state learner's permit or Minnesota identification card, in each case with your current name and address in the precinct. A number of other forms of proof of ID and residence are accepted and can be found at www.mnvotes.org. One form is a signed oath on a Voucher Form from someone registered to vote in the same precinct where you live who has personal knowledge of your residence.

Election news and results

Follow the news throughout today and the latest results when the polls close at www.startribune.com and www.startribune.com/myvote

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