The Minnesota presidential nomination primary, Tuesday, March 3, is fast approaching. Here’s what you need to know about voting in the primary in Lake County.
Can I register the day of the election?
Yes, you can. You will need to bring a photo ID with your current name and address or any photo ID plus a document with your current name and address. For a complete list, please visit the Secretary of State website, mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us.
Can I vote early?
Yes, absentee voting is allowed. You can vote at the county auditor’s office in Two Harbors, 601 Third Ave, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. up to the day before the election.
You can also request an absentee ballot via mail. The application can be filled out online at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us. Your ballot will need to be mailed by Feb. 25. After that date, the county auditor cannot ensure that the office will receive it on time. You may also hand-deliver your absentee or mail ballot to the auditor’s office by March 2.
In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. This is called “agent delivery,” and can be used for those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, residential treatment centers, women’s shelters, hospitals or for those who are unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability. An agent must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with the voter and cannot be a candidate. An individual cannot be an agent of more than three voters in an election. The agent must show identification with their name and signature when returning a ballot.
If I have not voted before, can I have a demonstration on how to vote?
Yes, you can request the election judges show you how to vote.
Which parties are taking part?
The Democratic Farmer Labor Party, and the Republican Party/GOP. You have to choose a party ballot.
The primary for both parties will be held at the same polling locations. If you’re unsure, you can find your polling location at the Secretary of State website or mnvotes.org.
If you’d prefer to keep your ballot obscured, you can request a privacy folder to hide the ballot choice.
Will the party I chose be kept private?
If you have any more questions, you can contact election coordinator Lola Haus at (218) 834-8473 during regular office hours.