Minneapolis is moving 40% of its polling places to avoid putting them in high-risk areas during the coronavirus pandemic.

The city said it is moving 50 of its 125 polling places. Of those, 16 were in senior homes, high-rises and other residential businesses. Thirty-two were in areas where the city felt it would be difficult to maintain 6 feet of separation between people, and two were moved because of construction.

The changes will factor into both the Aug. 11 primary and the Nov. 3 general election, the city said in a news release.

Registered voters will receive a postcard in the mail with their new polling spot. They can also call 311 or use the Minnesota Secretary of State's polling place finder at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

The city is encouraging people to consider voting early by mail to encourage social distancing.

Residents also can vote early in person at the Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Av., which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend hours will be scheduled closer to the election dates.


Correction: Previous versions of this story misstated the total number of Minneapolis polling places.