Voter pre-registration deadline is Tuesday for Aug. 12 primary

To vote in the Aug. 12 primary election, eligible Minnesota voters have until Tuesday, July 22 to pre-register and can register online to save time at the polls.

As of July 15, about 5,700 Minnesota voters have used the online pre-registration option since September 2013.

“Online registration delivers a great convenience for eligible voters to get involved and get ready to vote,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Voters may still register at their polling places on the election days, but pre-registration helps voters avoid long lines and waits at the polls.

This year, Minnesota’s votes will determine one seat in the U.S. Senate, all eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, governor and other state officers, and all seats in Minnesota State House of Representatives. The election will also decide county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

Here are some key 2014 election dates:

  • July 22: Pre-registration deadline for Primary Election. Paper voter registration forms are due to elections officials by 5 p.m., or voters have until 11:59 p.m. to register online.
  • Aug. 12: Primary Election Day
  • Sept. 19: Absentee ballots will be available for General Election on Nov. 4
  • Oct. 14: Pre-registration deadline for General Election. Voters may continue to register online for the Nov. 4 General Election until 11:59 p.m.
  • Nov. 4: General Election Day