by Dennis Dalman
But where?” you may ask. “Where do I vote? How do I register on that day? Who or what is on my ballot?”
This article will hopefully answer your questions.
The following are the three voting-poll locations in St. Joseph for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election. 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.
St. Joseph has three precincts, three polling places.
For residents living west of County Road 121/College Avenue/County Road 2.
Heritage Hall, 12 Minnesota St. W.
For residents living east of County Road 121/College Avenue/County Road 2 and south of County Road 75.
St. Joseph Government Center, 75 Callaway St. E.
For residents living east of County Road 121/College Avenue/County Road 2 and north of County Road 75.
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 County Road 2.
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 within 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 ID can be any of the following: Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota state ID card or learner’s permit; U.S. passport; U.S. military or veteran ID; Tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature; Minnesota university, college or technical college ID; Minnesota school ID.
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 a registered person go 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, show your college photo ID 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 live in that facility.
What’s on the 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.