You can vote early in Aug. 14 primary election

By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune

The Minnesota Primary election is Aug. 14, but you can vote early by mail or vote early in person.

In Minnesota, you don’t need a reason to vote early.  If you want to participate by voting early, you can vote early by mail, vote early in person and even track your absentee ballot.

There are a number of statewide offices with multiple candidates running and so this primary election is important if Minnesotans want a say in who will be on the ballot come November.

The Minnesota Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.mn.us provides all the information needed to vote early by mail.  If you want to vote early in person, just visit the Pope County election office at the Pope County Auditor/Treasurer office in the courthouse in Glenwood, or contact Kelly Detloff at  320-634-7706 for more information.

If you’re more traditional and know you are going to be voting on Aug. 14, visit the website for information about where to vote, voting place hours, your rights and much more.

Know your rights.  Below are the Voter’s Bill of Rights as listed by Minnesota state statute.

VOTER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

“For all persons residing in this state who meet federal voting eligibility requirements:

(1) You have the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting in a state, federal, or regularly scheduled election without reduction to your pay, personal leave, or vacation time on election day for the time necessary to appear at your polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.

(2) If you are in line at your polling place any time before 8:00 p.m., you have the right to vote.

(3) If you can provide the required proof of residence, you have the right to register to vote and to vote on election day.

(4) If you are unable to sign your name, you have the right to orally confirm your identity with an election judge and to direct another person to sign your name for you.

(5) You have the right to request special assistance when voting.

(6) If you need assistance, you may be accompanied into the voting booth by a person of your choice, except by an agent of your employer or union or a candidate.

(7) You have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.

(8) If you have been convicted of a felony but your felony sentence has expired (been completed) or you have been discharged from your sentence, you have the right to vote.

(9) If you are under a guardianship, you have the right to vote, unless the court order revokes your right to vote.

(10) You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.

(11) If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot and vote.

(12) You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run.

(13) You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.

(14) You have the right to take a copy of this Voter’s Bill of Rights into the voting booth with you.”