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Absentee voting for August primary starts June 24

Updated: June 14, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Absentee voting for the Aug. 9 primary starts Friday, June 24.

Voters can cast their ballot by mail or in person.

In-person absentee voting is moving from City Hall to the Community Services Building, 217 3rd St.

The primary election determines which candidates will appear on the ballot for the November general election for partisan and nonpartisan races.

In Minneapolis, the primary election includes partisan races for U.S. State Representative (District 5), Minnesota State Senator (Districts 59 and 62), Minnesota State Representative (District 59A and 60B) and a nonpartisan race, Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice (Seat 6).

One of the more notable races is the contest for state House seat 60B. Longtime legislator Phyllis Kahn, a DFLer, is facing competition from fellow DFLers Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor. Abdimali Askar, a Republican, is also running for the seat, which represents Minneapolis neighborhoods along the riverfront and University of Minnesota.

The city is also seeking election judges, especially ones fluent in a second language, such as Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language. Election judges are paid $13.30 an hour. For more info, go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/judges or call 311.

The November election will include the presidential race, U.S. State Representative (District 5), Minnesota State Senator (all districts), Minnesota State Representative (all districts), Minnesota Supreme Court Justice (Seat 6), Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge (several seats), Fourth District Court Judge (several seats), and Minneapolis School Board (Districts 2, 4, 6 and one at-large seat).

There will also be a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The question will read: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers’ power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers?”

Another possible charter amendment that might appear on the ballot would require Minneapolis police officers to carry their own professional liability insurance.

To learn more about early voting and upcoming elections, go to vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Minnesota Secretary of State Simon has launched the Pledge-to-Vote-program — a new voter outreach program with the goal of making Minnesota number one in the nation in voter turnout. Participating organizations will get a free voter outreach kit to encourage people to vote on Election Day.

“This program is going to aid in our efforts to reach out to voters with typically lower turnout rates, such as young people, communities of color, members of our armed forces, and New Americans, and ensure that as many Minnesotans as possible use their vote as their voice this November,” Simon said.

For more details, go to sos.state.mn.us.