League of Women Voters offers advice — and help — for Election Day

Election Day suggestions, courtesy of the League of Women Voters:

Research all the candidates and initiatives on the ballot, double-check your polling location, wear layers, be patient and enjoy the experience. 

And if you’re confused on logistics, call the group’s Voter Election Hot Line at 651-646-1699 in the metro area or 800-555-8772 statewide. The hotline will be operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday and will provide last-minute information on polling locations, same-day registration requirements and voters’ rights.

If you’re confused about the candidates’ stands, stop watching the commercials. Then check the League’s Online Voter Guide for:

• What candidates say about their positions and why they are running for office.

• Links to webcasts of past debates and schedules for upcoming debates.

• Information on what is needed in order to register on Election Day.
 
The online guide also offers:

• Information about who will appear on the ballot locally, including ballot initiatives.

• Where to vote.

Both Twin Cities dailies have on-line voter’s guides, too: The Pioneer Press guide is here, and the Star Tribune one is here.

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League of Women Voters offers advice — and help — for Election Day

Election Day suggestions, courtesy of the League of Women Voters:

Research all the candidates and initiatives on the ballot, double-check your polling location, wear layers, be patient and enjoy the experience. 

And if you’re confused on logistics, call the group’s Voter Election Hot Line at 651-646-1699 in the metro area or 800-555-8772 statewide. The hotline will be operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday and will provide last-minute information on polling locations, same-day registration requirements and voters’ rights.

If you’re confused about the candidates’ stands, stop watching the commercials. Then check the League’s Online Voter Guide for:

• What candidates say about their positions and why they are running for office.

• Links to webcasts of past debates and schedules for upcoming debates.

• Information on what is needed in order to register on Election Day.
 
The online guide also offers:

• Information about who will appear on the ballot locally, including ballot initiatives.

• Where to vote.

Both Twin Cities dailies have on-line voter’s guides, too: The Pioneer Press guide is here, and the Star Tribune one is here.

More reminders from the League for Election Day:

• Dress comfortably and in layers. Voter turnout is anticipated to be in record numbers this year.  You may be waiting to vote both inside and outside, so be prepared to be comfortable, enjoy yourself and meet and talk to your neighbors.

• Cover political clothing or buttons at the polls. By law, you cannot wear partisan political T-shirts, buttons or campaign items that are visible at the polls.  Wear the T-shirt or button proudly all day but remove or cover it when you reach your polling spot.

• Be prepared if you are registering on Election Day. Go to www.vote.lwvmn.org or the printed voter’s guide or call the hot line to learn of the specific ways you can identify yourself to register to vote.  You must be prepared to provide confirmation of your identification to verify your current name and address to vote in a polling location. For those pre-registered to vote, a photo ID is not required, but it often makes the process go more smoothly.

• Verify your polling location. New polling locations have been added in some areas to accommodate the anticipated increased turnout.  Go to the League website or www.sos.state.mn.us or call 651-646-1699 in the metro area or 800-555-8772 in Greater Minnesota to find your polling location.

• Enjoy the experience!  This is the opportunity for you to exercise your right as a citizen to determine who our elected leaders will be.  Greet your fellow citizens and neighbors; be polite and patient.

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