Vote November 7 in Local Elections

By : Lowrah · November 6, 2017

Tuesday, November 7 is election day in Minneapolis

Races you can vote on: Mayor, City Council, and Park Board

I would recommend voting in all of the races.

If you haven't voted, it's been awhile, or you just want to know more, here's my voting guide for Minneapolis.

  • Polls are open 7am-8pm Tuesday
    • Be in line at your polling place at 8p
    • Find where you vote here
    • Get your sample ballot here
      • I HIGHLY recommend looking at/printing a sample ballot before going to the polls. Why spend any more time there than you have to?
  • Are you registered to vote?
    • Register to vote, day-of, at the polls
      • Minnesota is one of those magical states where you don't need an ID to vote, and you can register day-of. I will vouch for you if you live in Ward 9! Check your registration here.

Minneapolis uses ranked-choice voting. You vote for more than one person for each office, ranked in order of choice. This is also called "instant runoff voting" in situations where there is only one seat, if you're familiar with that term. It's a little bit hard to explain, so I really appreciate this MPR video which explains Ranked Choice Voting nicely!

MPR News: Instant Runoff Voting Explained

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, St. Paul, Minn. will hold its first instant runoff voting election. Minneapolis started using IRV (aka ranked choice voting) in 2009. MPR's Curtis Gilbert and Molly Bloom explain how the new system works.

Reminders...

  • You can vote if you are experiencing homelessness (couch-hopping/instability counts) if someone in your ward can vouch for you, you don't need a street address
  • You can vote if you have a criminal record, you can vote if you have served all parts of your felony charges
  • You do not need ID to vote! Try bringing someone to vouch or one of these documents.
  • There is language support if you do not speak English.
  • If you have any problems contact elections@minneapolismn.gov, or ask to speak with the head judge at your polling place.

Voter Guides

If you're cramming and need more info, these are voting guides I've read, in order of how much I leaned on them (no shade).

  1. E.G.'s legendary voter guide. Includes 7/16 candidates' (Rahman, Frey, Hoch, Levy-Pounds, Dehn, Flowers, and Hodges) answers to questions about racial disparities (reparations, housing, policing) at the Southside mayoral forum. Text and video from Mayoral Forum.
  2. Mpls Votes 2017 is a Twin Cities Daily Planet (local independent news!) project that lets you do side-by-side comparisons of candidates' positions.
  3. Elections.WedgeLive is a Wedge LIVE collaboration that aggregates endorsements, surveys and forums, social, and campaign finance data. John Edwards aka Wedge Live is running a write-in campaign for the Parks Board of Estimation and Taxation.
  4. Naomi Kritzer does one of the most in depth interpretations of local politics, which I like, but I don't agree with their picks about 50% of the time, perhaps because of their race and class privilege relative to mine.
  5. Pollen Voter Guide is a collaboration between Pollen, Voices For Racial Justice, and local hip hop label Rhymesayers which includes questions about visions of police-free Minneapolis. Good to get a feel for candidates, and specifically engage around questions of policing and housing, but responses were a little verbose and light on policy compared to the guides above.
  6. Our Streets Candidate Questionnaires on Bike/Walk Issues was compiled by the local non profit bike/walk/roll advocacy organization.

My eternal thanks to Ashley Fairbanks​, Erica Mauter for Ward 11​, Haddayr Copley-Woods, and E.G. Nelson​ and more for these resources! Thank you to all of the volunteers and campaigns working to get out the vote, and for everyone doing their part to make sure the Park Board isn't 100% white, among other shameful inequities in our local government.

I don't exactly have enthusiasm or trust in our current iteration of class-preserving representative democracy, but I still participate to try to offset all the voter suppression! Local races affect me and my neighborhood so deeply, that I need to be out here, voting. Out here gently harassing my friends and neighbors with "Have you voted yet? Want me to go with you? I can vouch for you!" texts. Out  here voting for people who will not support cutting social services, do not support giving police more power to harass/threaten/murder us with. Out here voting for people who will not support the use of pesticides or poisons in our parks, who will fight for youth voices to be heard and valued, who care about the housing crisis, care about restoring voting rights to felons, and are dedicated to actively resisting gentrification. You have to be out here for that too, if you have the opportunity to vote.

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