Minnesota is in the national political spotlight in 2018, as voters will decide the state's next governor, senators and Congressional seats. Mark your calendars so you don't miss key dates.
Sept. 21: Absentee and early voting begins for the state's general election. Voters can cast their ballots beginning today in the November general election. In Minnesota, anyone can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day.
Sept. 26: Campaign finance reports are posted online offering the first glimpse at how much candidates, political parties and outside groups are raising and spending in the election since the primary.
While these reports tend to be monitored closely by political insiders, they also give citizens a glimpse at what kind of outside groups and individuals might be trying to influence the election, and which candidates have an advantage in fundraising heading into the general election.
Oct. 16: Pre-election registration ends. This marks the last day voters can pre-register to vote in November. It's easy to do online, or you can go to your county election office and register in person. It's a convenient option, but don't worry if you miss the deadline: Minnesota also has same-day voter registration at the polls.
Oct. 23: Campaigns must start reporting large contributions 24 hours after they are received. This marks a high-intensity part of the campaign for outside groups to spend in the race to try and influence the outcome. Citizens can track the big dollars flowing into races up to the day they are coming in.
Oct. 30: Final pre-election campaign finance reports are posted online, giving voters one final look at how much candidates, political parties and outside groups have raised and spent ahead of the general election.
Nov. 6: Election Day. Polls across the state will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are in line to vote before the polls close, state law requires that you get to cast your ballot.
Nov. 20: Signed, sealed delivered. The Minnesota state canvassing board — a group of five members, including judges and the Secretary of state — meets to certify the results of the election and make it official. In this stage, state officials could also oversee any possible recount of results for a particular office, at the request of a losing candidate.
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