Voting

Voter Turnout

Bid To Open Polling Places Sooner Advances But Has Big Climb

Minnesota’s first big run with no-excuse absentee voting has some lawmakers setting their sights on a more-expansive form of early balloting for future elections. Legislation moving in the Minnesota Senate would establish a 15-day early voting window before an election when polling places would be open, including on those Saturdays.

02/20/2015

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Minnesota Voters Turn In Lowest Turnout Since 1986

The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.

11/25/2014

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4 Things To Know: Election Day Edition

Do you have some last minute questions before heading to the polls? Here are four things you need to know before heading out the door.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Candidates Scrounge For Late Votes

The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.

11/01/2014

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She Became A U.S. Citizen At 97, Now She’s Casting Her First Vote

For the first nine decades of her life, Chengyi Pan was a Chinese citizen. She remembers the days during World War II when American pilots dropped daily supplies, including toothpaste and chocolate.

10/30/2014

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Early Voting Up 65 Percent In Minnesota

A steady flow of people filed into Hennepin County’s election office Wednesday and waited their turn to cast their ballot in the 2014 November general election. Deputy Secretary of State Beth Frazier says the use of absentee ballots is up 65 percent this year compared to the 2010 election. “The pace is higher, is faster than it was in 2010,” Frazier said. “More people are voting absentee than they did in the last non-presidential election.”

10/29/2014

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Politicians Hit Voters With Direct Mail With 1 Week Until Election Day

Minnesota is one week out from Election Day, and many political campaigns are going “old school.” Thousands of Minnesota mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature.

10/28/2014

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Absentee Ballot Voting Up 65 Percent From Last Mid-Term

Minnesotans have been avoiding long lines on Election Day by voting early this year.

10/24/2014

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Vote Now – People’s Choice Awards Voting Is Officially Open

The People’s Choice Awards announced that nominee voting is now open.

10/22/2014

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Simon Pushes For Early Voting In Minnesota

Democratic secretary of state candidate Steve Simon wants Minnesota to join the 33 states that allow early voting.

10/22/2014

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Minnesotans Take Advantage Of Open Absentee Voting

It’s still two weeks until Election Day, but the voting has already begun. For the first time in Minnesota, anyone can vote early. Unlike previous years, you don’t need a reason to vote absentee.

10/21/2014

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Minnesota Absentee Voting Sharply Outpacing 2010

Minnesota election officials have accepted significantly more absentee ballots this year than at this point in 2010’s midterm election. The Secretary of State’s office announced on Thursday a more-than 60 percent jump in absentee ballots accepted so far over 2010. More than 38,000 have been approved this year compared with 23,237 in 2010.

10/16/2014

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Wis. Liberal Group Complains Voters Can’t Get ID

A liberal group plans to file a brief in the legal battle over Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law alleging state offices aren’t open enough to produce enough IDs for would-be voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

09/22/2014

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Clergy Leaders To Launch Voter Turnout Drive

A coalition of faith groups pushing what it calls an “equity agenda” is launching a drive to get 56,000 voters to Minnesota polling places this fall. The effort by ISAIAH was getting under way Wednesday with a state Capitol news conference.

09/03/2014

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Minnesota Primary Turnout Estimated At 9.8 Percent

The Secretary of State’s office estimates that only 9.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Minnesota’s primary election. Spokesman Nathan Bowie says the turnout number is preliminary and unofficial. He says it won’t be finalized until counties finish submitting data.

08/13/2014

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McFadden Aiming To Unseat Sen. Al Franken

During his weekly radio address to the nation, President Obama explained more about the operations he authorized in Iraq. The Republican Response was given by U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, Mike McFadden.

08/10/2014

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Twins Blog: All-Star Voting

We here at the WCCO.com Twins Blog are naturally big baseball fans, so we always look forward to the All-Star Game.  All the more so this season because the Mid-Summer Classic is being held at Target Field. One of the joys of baseball’s annual honor for the best in the game, is that fans get to play a significant role in selecting who gets play in the game.

06/19/2014

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Duluth Beats Minneapolis In ‘Best Town’ Showdown

When it comes to the best places to live in America, voters say Duluth takes the cake over Minneapolis — according to Outside’s online poll.

06/04/2014

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Being A Minnesota Candidate Requires Signup Soon

Everybody who has ever wanted their name on an election ballot in Minnesota can take that step for the next two weeks. Candidate filing for the 2014 campaign opens Tuesday and runs for two weeks. It covers anyone running for state and federal office.

05/20/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-30-14

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to hear reaction to the verdict in the Byron Smith Trial and other notable highlights from today’s show with Dave Lee.

04/30/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-29-14

Wild win in Game 6! To listen to Mike Max and Sid Hartman’s Recap, Click the LINK ABOVE to go to the Podcast Page

04/29/2014

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Minn. Task Force Seeks New Voting Rosters Study

A Minnesota panel that led a pilot project around an electronic voter verification process is urging the Legislature to authorize a more extensive study this fall. The Electronic Roster Task Force was meeting Friday to finalize a report and proposed legislation.

01/31/2014

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USA Today: St. Paul Is North America’s ‘Best Romantic Getaway’

Move over, San Francisco. Step aside, Honolulu. Nice try, New Orleans. The most romantic getaway in North America is none other than Pig’s Eye. Minnesota’s capital was just named the winner of USA Today’s “Best Romantic North American Getaway” poll.

01/29/2014

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Amid Legal Tussle, Minn. Lawmakers Mull Voter Tool

With Minnesota’s new online voter registration system in legal limbo, state lawmakers are starting to map out a backup plan.

01/28/2014

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