Practicing for the Minneapolis election

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Confused by Ranked Choice Voting and 35 mayoral candidates? Help is at hand. Minneapolis is holding election practice in September, so you can try out the new system and be prepared for the real deal on November 5. Here’s how it works –

City Hall (downtown Minneapolis) will have a practice polling place for eight days, September 5-16, weekdays only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Four high schools will have one-day practice polling places, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

  • Roosevelt High School cafeteria, 4029 28th Ave. S.
Sept. 9
  • Patrick Henry High School cafeteria, 4320 Newton Ave. N.
Sept. 10
  • Washburn High School cafeteria, 201 W. 49th St. 
Sept. 11
  • Edison High School small gym, 700 22nd Ave. NE
Sept. 12

This year, Minneapolis elects:

For continuing updates on all races, keep an eye on the TC Daily Planet election pages. (St. Paul will vote on a mayor, First Ward City Council member, and three school board members.)

According to the press release from the city:

Voters who stop in at one of the polling places can practice ranked-choice voting by marking a demonstration ballot in which they’ll be asked to rank city parks in a number of simulated races. They’ll also be able to use an AutoMark assisted-voting machine and get a first look at the new ballot counters that were recently purchased by Hennepin County, which will be used for the first time on Nov. 5. Voters can also get help finding out how to register to vote, where to vote, and have any of their elections questions answered.

Minneapolis is also recruiting volunteer “Voter Ambassadors” and providing election information through its new Vote Minneapolis website