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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:

  • US Senator
  • US Representative District 3
  • State Representatives for Districts 49B, 50A, 50B
  • Governor/LT. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • County Sheriff

Key 2014 election-related dates

  • February 4 – Precinct Caucuses. To find a precinct caucus near you, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.mnvotes.org external link
  • May 20 – June 3 – Candidate filing period.
  • June 27 – Absentee voting opens for the Primary Election
  • July 22 – Pre-registration deadline for the Primary Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines at the polling place. Voters who miss the deadline may register at their polling place on Election Day.
  • August 12 – Primary Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • September 19 – Absentee voting opens for the General Election
  • October 14 - Pre-registration deadline for the General Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines at the polling place. Voters who miss the deadline may register at their polling place on Election Day.
  • November 4 – General Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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:

  • Students (ages 16 - 17) – $9 per hour
  • Regular election judges – $10.25 per hour
  • Assistant head judges – $11.25 per hour
  • Head judges – $12 per hour

To learn more, click the following links or contact the Elections Office at 952-563-8729.

mnvotes.org

Voters may visit www.mnvotes.org external link 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.

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What hours are polling places open on Election Day?

  • Polling sites are open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Am I registered to vote?

How do I register to vote?

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days on Election Day.
  • Maintain residence at the address on the voter registration application.

You must re-register if you have:

  • Moved to a different address (even if only the apartment number has changed).
  • Changed your name.
  • Have not voted once within the last four years.

Pre-registration

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:

  • Valid Minnesota Driver's License, Learner's Permit or receipt of either with current address located in precinct.
  • Valid Minnesota I.D. or receipt with current address located in precinct.
  • A registered voter in the precinct who can vouch for you.
  • Registration in the same precinct indicating a previous name or address.
  • Mailed notice from the Registration Office indicating late registration.
  • A tribal I.D. with name, address, signature, and picture of the individual.
  • Voters may register with a combination of two documents: one photo ID from Column 1 and one current bill from Column 2, listed below.
Column 1 Column 2

Approved photo IDs must contain voter's current name and photo. It may contain voter's old address or have no address.

  • MN Driver's License
  • MN State ID
  • MN post-secondary student ID
  • Tribal ID
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

Bills (delivered electronically or by mail) must show voter's current name and address in the precinct. These types of bills are acceptable:

  1. Utility bill (due within 30 days of the Election Day)
    • Electric
    • Garbage
    • Gas
    • Internet service
    • Sewer
    • Solid waste
    • Telephone (land line, cell, VOIP)
    • TV (cable or satellite)
    • Water
  2. Rent statement dated within 30 days of the Election Day that itemizes utilities
  3. Current student fee statement

Absentee ballots for military and overseas voters

If you are in the military or living overseas, see the Secretary of State's link for military and overseas voter services external link.

Absentee ballots for regular absentee voters

Absentee ballot applications are available as a PDF download from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office external link or by clicking the link below.

Bloomington residents must return absentee ballot applications to the City Clerk's Office in Bloomington Civic Plaza during voting hours, or by mailing them to:

  • City of Bloomington
    City Clerk's Office
    1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55431

In-person absentee voting hours

During regular hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

During extended hours before Election Day:

  • The Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • The Monday before Election Day, until 5 p.m.

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 external link, including links to an absentee ballot application.

Voting assistance

All polling sites are accessible. They can help you in several ways.

Ask the election judges for assistance:

  • To read or mark a ballot.
  • To obtain a magnifying device or a chair to use in the voting booth.
  • To vote at the curb.
  • To use an AutoMARK voter assist terminal.

How does the AutoMARK terminal assist individuals with disabilities?

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 external link.

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For more information, contact any of the following:

  • Voter Registration, City of Bloomington
    PH: 952-563-8729, TTY: 952-563-8740

 

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