Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was leaving his eighth and final polling place, getting ready to head back to his office, when MinnPost caught up with him via cell after 3 p.m.
I spent a couple hours door knocking yesterday in the neighborhood near Plymouth and Newton North, behind the 4th Precinct police station. About a third of the houses were boarded up, some were in disrepair, and a few were beautifully maintained.
Here’s a new twist on how to discourage turnout on Election Day: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution warning for the Twin Cities, urging the elderly, kids and people with breathing problems of any kind to stay home today –
Things are going well in Hennepin County, with the “normal minor snafus or glitches,” says Jill Alverson, a county auditor responsible for elections.“There have been a couple of precincts where the tabulator machine stopped working because of jams a
The first declared winner of the day is the U.S. stock market. The S&P 500 was up 4 per cent and the Dow rose 305 points, or 3.28 per cent. Details here.
At a Republican Party get-out-the-vote headquarters in Burnsville, there’s an almost-life-size cutout of Abe Lincoln in one corner and a similar-size cutout of Ronald Reagan in another corner.
In between, up to 30 volunteers are using a phone bank
Election Day here is plenty exciting.
There are apparently some nasty rumors going around about voting regulations in Maple Grove.A posting on the Our Vote Live site indicated that the city of Maple Grove was distributing “incomplete ballots” and that the city was charging $20 to vote.S
Vishnu Ramaswamy was one of dozens of poll watchers who hovered around voting places today, ready to leap at any complaints of irregularities or registration problems.
Ramaswamy, a third-year law student at the University of Minnesota, was working
The weather is smiling on the Twin Cities this Election Day.
That’s a good thing because turnout was so heavy that throngs of voters had to stand outside throughout the morning.
I stopped at polling places for five precincts — two in Carver Count
Al Franken was pressing some Gopher flesh on the U campus this morning when second-year student Aditya Nemani asked the U.S.
Voters in St. Paul precincts are reporting that off-duty St.
“London afternoon tabloids are headlining that Obama is ahead in early voting.”
So reports my cousin Mark Fitzpatrick — who went to White Bear High and then the U of M, and was a career foreign service officer until becoming a senior fellow for no
The Minnesota Election Protection Team is reporting it has received more than 200 requests for assistance so far today.The Election Protection Team, an offshoot of a national program, is sponsored locally by a coalition that includes Common Cause, t
The Macalester College campus is very active, with high turnout, says staffer Ken Tivey.He says Macalester students tend to communicate about events in colored chalk on the walkways, “And the path to the polling place is made colorfully clear,” says
Not since the late Paul Wellstone has Minnesota seen so energetic an Election Day pol as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Lines started early this morning at a public housing polling place off Minnehaha and Franklin avenues in Minneapolis.
Voter Diane Richard said she waited over an hour and a half to vote.
If Ohio turns out to matter to the outcome, maybe we won’t know who the winner is today. Many early voters in the Dayton area chose to vote by paper ballot, to avoid longer lines, and counting those could take into Wednesday, authorities said.
Standing in line this morning at Sanford Middle School in South Minneapolis, voter Joanne Costello said she’ll be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama but not for the party’s U.S.
A power outage at two St.