Minneapolis, St. Paul and numerous other communities around the state are holding local elections Tuesday for mayor, city council and school board seats. A number of school levies also are on the ballot.
The polls opened at 7 a.m. and will 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.
And don’t forget that if you’re not registered to vote, you can register at your polling place. Go to www.mnvotes.org for information on how to do that, as well as other voting information.
• MAYORAL: You can find information on each candidate and our comprehensive election coverage at startribune.com/mpls2013.
• COUNCIL: Seven of 13 council wards feature competitive races. See our interactive ward map and information on each race at strib.mn/mplscouncil.
• BALLOT: You will see three columns of the 35 mayoral candidates listed and you can rank three of them in order of preference. You will also be voting for City Council, Park Board, Board of Estimate and Taxation and a charter change.
• RANKED CHOICE: Remember that your ballot will be allocated to your first-choice candidate until they are no longer in contention after a series of elimination rounds. Go to startribune.com/rankedchoice for a primer on how it works.
• POLLING PLACE: Where will you vote? Determine your polling place by going to this site: pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. If you experience or see a problem at the polls, call or e-mail Whistleblower reporter Alejandra Matos at 612-673-4028, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• BALLOT: Far fewer races than in Minneapolis. Citywide races include the mayoral contest and three open school board seats. The only City Council race is in the First Ward, a special election to fill a seat that opened up this summer.
• RANKED CHOICE: The ballot will have two sides — one for the mayoral and City Council races (if you’re a First Ward resident), the other for the school board. You can vote for up to three of five school board candidates, without putting them in order of preference. But you can rank up to five candidates for mayor and the First Ward City Council seat. For more information, go to www.co.ramsey.mn.us/elections/ranked_voting.htm.
• POLLING PLACE: You can find out where to vote in Ramsey County by using this site: xnet.co.ramsey.mn.us/elections/ precinct_finder.
• BALLOT: Among the highlights are a City Council race in Bloomington, with five of seven seats on the ballot; mayoral contests in Shakopee and Hopkins; a parks referendum in Coon Rapids; and a school referendum in Eden Prairie.