Primary Elections Tuesday!

Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 9:02 am

Tuesday is Primary Election day in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Click below to see the candidates. Polling places will be held throughout Pine, Kanabec, Isanti, Chisago, Burnett and Polk Counties. Contact your county auditor for the polling place nearest you.

ST. PAUL, Minn.—September 5, 2008—Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminds voters to use his office’s free online service to locate their polling location for the state primary scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 9.

“Our Polling Place Finder can save you time,” Ritchie said. “I encourage Minnesotans to visit to find their polling location and review information about all of the candidates on the ballot.”

Voters can use the Polling Place Finder by simply entering in their residential address information at The Polling Place Finder provides the specific location and address of a voter’s polling place for the primary. The service provides voters the ability to generate a map to pinpoint the location of their polling place before they leave home to vote.

In a primary, voters narrow a field of candidates for the general election. Through their selections, voters eliminate a number of nonpartisan candidates in contests for judicial seats and local offices. Each voter also narrows the field of candidates within a particular political party. Partisan candidates selected in the primary will face the candidates of opposing political parties in the general election on Nov. 4.

In Minnesota, all eligible voters—including people not affiliated with any political party—may participate in the primary. However, when making their selection of partisan candidates, primary voters must choose among candidates belonging to a single political party throughout their ballot and may not crossover to vote for a candidate belonging to any other party.

Most polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Minnesota has Election Day Registration, which allows voters to register at the polls on the day of the primary and general election. For more information about voter eligibility and candidates appearing on your ballot, visit the secretary of state’s office online at

Primary Election Information

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