Photos: Minnesotans get their say as they cast ballots


Kristina Nagle lines up to check in for voting.
1 Kristina Nagle lines up to check in with her 2-year-old daughter Lily at the Edina Senior Center. "It's always important (to vote)," she said, "I think now more than ever." She brought Lily, she said, to "teach her the importance of the freedom that we have." 
Voting in Minneapolis
2 Salma Barkad has voted in every election since she turned 18. "Every vote counts. Every voice should be heard," she said at a poll in midtown Minneapolis on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2018. 
Voting in Minneapolis
3 Hundreds of students at the University of Minnesota, including first-time voters like Madison Meinke, came to take part in democracy on Election Day November 6, 2018. "I was nervous that I wouldn't know what to do or where to go," Meinke says about her first time voting. "But it was really easy." 
Student judge Mark Kivimaki checks in voters.
4 Student judge Mark Kivimaki, volunteering through his comparative government class at Edina High School, checks in voters at the Edina Senior Center. 
Darya Thomas arrives to vote at Bloomington City Hall
5 Darya Thomas arrives to vote at Bloomington City Hall. 
An election judge registers a new voter.
6 An election judge registers a new voter at First Presbyterian Church in Moorhead, Minn. 
Election judge Philothea Sweet
7 Election judge Philothea Sweet hands out "I Voted" stickers at the Edina Senior Center. 
An election official at Bloomington City Hall reviews a voter's ID.
8 An election official at Bloomington City Hall reviews a voter's identification at the entrance to a voting area. The voter had erroneously arrived at the wrong polling place and the official directed him to where he could vote based on his address. 
People line up to vote at the Edina Senior Center.
9 People line up to vote at the Edina Senior Center. 
Voters Kathy King and her son, Cory, after voting in the 2nd District.
10 Voters Kathy King and her son, Cory, exit after voting at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings November 6, 2018. Kathy says they are excited for "their" party's candidates to get in and nervous for the "other" party's candidates to get in (but did not want to be explicit). "The last two years have been terrible, in my opinion. The hatred keeps building," she said. "It's terrifying to me. I just don't want to see the country going in that direction." This is the 2nd Congressional District. 
People vote at Bloomington City Hall.
11 People vote at Bloomington City Hall. 
People line up to have their votes counted.
12 People line up to have their votes counted at the Edina Senior Center. There had been nearly 100 voters by 8 am. 
People vote at the Edina Senior Center.
13 People vote in all the available stations at the Edina Senior Center. 
Chris Dow needed to re-register before voting.
14 Chris Dow, who has not voted since 2008, needed to re-register before voting. He was able to do so on-site then vote at Burnside Elementary School in Red Wing, located in the 2nd Congressional District. He said he came because his community, the Prairie Island Indian Community, encouraged people to get out and vote in this election. 
Voters at Burnside Elementary School in Red Wing.
15 People vote at Burnside Elementary School in Red Wing, which is in the 2nd Congressional District. 
Linda Nyakundi, left, stands with James Rodgers after voting
16 Frogtown resident Linda Nyakundi, left, stands with James Rodgers after voting at Ravoux Hi-Rise in Frogtown. "What motivates me (to vote) is that I'm born out of slavery. So the voting right is something we have always wanted, always needed," Nyakundi said. 
Linda Dumas voted with her nephew in north Minneapolis.
17 Linda Dumas, left, voted with her nephew in north Minneapolis. "(People in the neighborhood) need to know ... who's going to be out there fighting for them and if things are going to be fair for them especially people of color, which makes up a great percentage of northside," said Dumas. 
Mekenzie Lundberg, right and Benjamin Kolbinger vote in north Minneapolis.
18 Mekenzie Lundberg, right, put on special makeup for Election Day. She came to vote with her boyfriend, Benjamin Kolbinger, in north Minneapolis on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2018. "I would really like to see our elected officials standing up for our citizens, not for corporations," she said. 
Zachary Veal voted at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis
19 Zachary Veal said he was excited to vote for the "first Somali-American congresswoman" after casting his ballot for District 5, Ward 13 Precinct 1 at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis. 
Voting in Minneapolis
20 Calli Ricker, right at table, said she thinks everyone is more "into" this election. The current political climate got her out to vote in a midterm for the first time. Ricker cast her ballot at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis. 
Voting in Minneapolis
21 Voters fill out ballots in booths and at tables at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis. 
Blue booths identify the public voting room on at Augsburg College.
22 Blue booths identify the public voting room on the second floor of Christensen Center on the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis. A light but steady stream of voters was passing through around 6 p.m. 
Student election judges Fayruza Mohamed Yusuf, right, and Fadumo Farah
23 Student election judges Fayruza Mohamed Yusuf, right, and Fadumo Farah have a quiet conversation to pass the time at the polling place for District 5, Ward 2, Precinct 7 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Yusuf is a student at MCTC and Farah is a student at St. Paul College. Both have been student election judges in past years as well. 
Nathan Carlblom of Duluth, Minn. votes Tuesday.
24 Nathan Carlblom of Duluth, Minn. votes Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth, Minn. Carlblom was voting DFL down the ballot because he believed they were the best party when it came to health care, education and labor. A union employee at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Carlblom packed up his one-year old son Jonathan Carlblom and brought him along while he cast his vote. 
All the voting booths were full at 4:15pm at the Eveleth City Auditorium.
25 All the voting booths were full at 4:15 p.m. at the Eveleth City Auditorium Tuesdayin Eveleth, Minn. 
A voter exits a voting booth Tuesday in Ely.
26 A voter exits a voting booth at the Ely Senior Citizens Building in Ely, Minn. Voter turnout was high as of mid-morning in Ely with nearly 50 percent of registered voters in the city having cast votes either in-person or by early voting. 
It was ham or voting for visitors to Miners Memorial Building in Virginia.
27 It was ham or voting for visitors to Miners Memorial Building Tuesday in Virginia, Minn. during the 2018 midterm elections. 
Election judges at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia, Minn.
28 From left: Election judges Geraldine Berger, Marlise Riffel and Wayne Christiansen discuss election-related information at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia, Minn. 
A voter walks into the Eveleth City Auditorium Tuesday.
29 A voter walks into the Eveleth City Auditorium Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Evelth, Minn. during the 2018 midterm elections.