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Daily Brief – ELECTION DAY EDITION – Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Nov. 4, 2014
Events today

  • 7 a.m. – Polls open.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Tina Smith vote.
  • 10 a.m. – Sen. Al Franken votes.
  • 11:06 a.m. – MPR News political reporters preview Election Day, MPR
  • 8 p.m. – The Minnesota DFL hold our Election Night Party, Minneapolis Hilton.
    • Live election night video: GOP and DFL election parties, The UpTake
    • Live Election Results Dashboard, MinnPost
  • 8:30 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan holds and Election Night Party at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Brainerd.


2014 election
Minnesota Democrats get out the vote, KARE 11
Hair, hockey and geeks: the top political advertising themes of 2014, MinnPost
On Election Day, here’s what you need to know, MPR
New law boosts early voting numbers to new record, MPR
Another drawn-out Minnesota election night expected, Fox 9
Voters line up early on Election Day in St. Cloud, St. Cloud Times
Candidates press hard for votes as end nears, St. Cloud Times
10 things to watch in Minnesota’s election results, Star Tribune
Live Blog: 2014 Election Day in Minnesota Live, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s 2014 election, in one tweet, Star Tribune
Governor, Senate, State House are Minnesota prizes, KSTP

Residents of the 11-county Twin Cities metro area can plug in their address and use this tool to find out where to vote, what the choices are and information about specific candidates. After the polls close at 8 p.m., users can use the tool to get results of the races on their ballot. Given the number of voters who seemed confused about some of these things during interviews this campaign season, the tool should come in handy. The Secretary of State’s MNVotes also has information. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Thanks to a new state law, there will be free transit on Election Day where available. Star Tribune


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This Year You Can Vote Absentee — With No Excuse

check-mark110x110This year, there’s no excuse for people not voting this November. Why?  Because, it’s easier than ever to cast your vote and make your voice heard.

Why are we saying that?  Minnesotans no longer need to give an excuse to cast absentee ballots if they don’t want to or can’t easily vote  at their polling places on Election Day.

No excuse absentee balloting opens up voting and makes it more accessible to people’s busy lifestyles:

No excuse absentee balloting makes it easy to vote for seniors and people with disabilities, college students and those unsure if they will be in their precinct on Election Day.

Voters can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person they know pick up and deliver their ballot. There is a timeframe in which voters can switch their votes. Information is available here.

You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool at mnvotes.org If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.

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