by Dennis Dalman
Get ready, get set, VOTE!
“But where?” you may ask. “Where do I vote? How do I register on that day? Who or what is on my ballot?”
This story will hopefully answer your questions.
The following are voting-poll locations in Sartell and St. Stephen for the general election set for Tuesday, Nov. 8. The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on that day. Other information (how to register, what’s on the ballot) follow the poll information.
There is only one polling place in St. Stephen. It’s in the city-hall building at 2 Sixth Ave. SE.
For all residents who live east of Pinecone Road S. and south of Second Street S.
Sartell Community Center in Liberty 2 meeting room, 850 19th Street. S.
For residents who live on the east side of the Mississippi River (Benton County portion of Sartell).
Sartell Public Works Building, 230 Fourth Ave. S. (Please note that this is a new polling place for voters in Precinct 2. The previous polling place was at Solid Rock Family Church.)
For all residents who live east of Pinecone Road N. and south of Fifth Street N.
Sartell Community Center in Liberty 1 meeting room, 850 19th Street S.
All residents who live west of Pinecone Road, south of 2-1/2 Street N. and within the portion of Third Street N. that is west of 19th Avenue N.
First United Methodist Church, 1107 Pinecone Road S.
For all residents who live east of Pinecone Road N., north of Fifth Street N. and south of 12th Street N.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 320 Fourth Avenue N.
All residents who live east of Pinecone Road N., north of 12th Street N. and the portion west of Pinecone Road N. that is north of 27th Street N.
Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road N.
All residents who live west of Pinecone Road N., north of 2-1/2 Street N., south of 27th Street N. and the portion north of Third Street N. that lies west of 19th Avenue N.
Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N.
Voters may register to vote right at the polling places. Most voters, however, are already on the registered-voters list if they have voted in their same precinct in the past four years.
If you are not sure, if you live in a new precinct or if you have never registered to vote before, bring with you on election day to your polling place at least one of the following:
The photo I.D. can be any of the following: Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota state I.D. card or learner’s permit; U.S. passport; U.S. military or veteran I.D.; Tribal I.D. with name, address, photo and signature; Minnesota university, college or technical college I.D.; or Minnesota school I.D.
Approved documents to show at the polling place can be any of the following, which can also be shown to a polling judge on an electronic device:
Bill, account, or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days previous to the election. They can include bills for phone, TV or internet service; bills/receipts for solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water; a banking card or credit card; or statement of rent or mortgage.
Also acceptable are a residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day; and a current student fee statement.
Other ways to register include the following:
Having someone to with you to the polling place to “vouch” for you by signing a document confirming your present address within the precinct.
Colleges and universities may send election officials a student housing list. If you are on that list, you’re your college photo I.D. to complete the registration.
If you registered to vote within 20 days of the election (in this case, Nov. 8), you might have received via mail a notice of late registration. Bring it with you, along with proof of your current address.
If you live in a residential facility, you may bring a staff member of that facility to the polling place to vouch for you that you do indeed in that facility.
What’s on ballot?
To find out who and/or what questions are on your ballot, do the following:
Go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website: sos.state.mn.us
On the top bar, put your cursor on “Elections and Voting.” Then go down on that pull-down menu to “What’s on my ballot?” Click on that.
Then click on “View your sample ballot.”
Find your county in the pull-down menu box. Click on the county name and then click on “Go.”
Find your city or township on the pull-down menu box and hit “Go.”
Enter your house number and address, hit “Go.” The ballot will then appear.