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Exercise your right to vote!
Get out and vote!
The City Clerk’s office is responsible for administering elections for all levels of government. Municipal and School District elections are held in the odd-numbered years.
On the ballot for 2014
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encourages all eligible Minnesota voters to engage in the democratic process in 2014. In Bloomington, here are the offices that will be on the ballot:
Key 2014 election-related dates
Become an Election Judge
Citizens are encouraged to serve as election judges as an opportunity to learn more about elections and to provide a great service to the community. Election judges are entitled to paid time off from their employer. The City of Bloomington pays its judges the following rates:
To learn more, click the following links or contact the Elections Office at 952-563-8729.
Voters may visit www.mnvotes.org to find helpful online voter tools and resources including absentee ballot look-up; absentee ballot applications; online voter registration application; polling place finder; precinct caucus finder; voter registration status look-up; and sample ballot viewer.
Forms and statistics
Political divisions and maps
To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must:
You must re-register if you have:
In Minnesota, you can pre-register at least 20 days before Election Day. After the 20-day deadline, you must register at your polling place on Election Day. Once you are registered, you will receive a postcard with your voting information, and your name will appear on the list of pre-registered voters at your polling place.
Election Day registration
To register at the polling place on Election Day, you must have authorized proof of residence:
If you are in the military or living overseas, see the Secretary of State's link for military and overseas voter services .
To receive an absentee ballot, submit a signed written application to the City Clerk's office. The Absentee Application is available:
In person absentee voting hours are:
If you have a permanent disability, contact the City Clerk's Office to learn about how to apply to receive an absentee ballot application on an ongoing basis.
Visit the Secretary of State's web site for more information about absentee ballots , including links to an absentee ballot application.
All polling sites are accessible. They can help you in several ways.
Ask the election judges for assistance:
The voters receive the same optical scan paper ballot whether they will vote using a pen or the AutoMARK ballot marking device. The AutoMARK is a tool - an "electronic pen" - to assist the voter in marking the ballot. The AutoMARK has special features to assist voters with disabilities that make it difficult to mark an optical scan paper ballot (i.e. blind, poor eyesight, unable to hold a pen). When the voter inserts the ballot into the AutoMARK, an electronic version of the ballot appears on the screen. The screen provides options for reverse contrast, enlargement for easier reading, or for being turned off for privacy if a voter chooses to access the ballot by using earphones and keypad. The recorded audio description of the ballot can be used in place of or in conjunction with the visual version on the screen. The voter makes selections by the touch screen, the keypad, or alternative adaptive method.
The AutoMARK ballot marking device provides voters the opportunity to review and verify their selections. Upon the voter's direction, the AutoMARK marks the ovals on the optical scan ballot. The voter then inserts the ballot into the DS200 ballot counter used by all voters in the precinct. The voting process remains the same for voters who do not need the assistance of the AutoMARK for marking a ballot. Votes are tallied by the ballot counter to produce precinct results.
Want to learn more? For further information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 952-563-8729 or find more information about AutoMARK on the Minnesota Secretary of State's Web site .
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