2014 Candidate Forums, About Voting
Candidate forums are free and open to the public. Audience participants are invited to ask questions relevant to that particular office. Candidates answer each question in turn, using a set amount of time.
The League of women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support, endorse or oppose political parties or candidates for office. League-sponsored candidate forums are conducted using policies and procedures agreed to by the candidates in advance.
All forums will be conducted from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the dates indicated below:
Wednesday, October 1: District #742 School Board (six candidates for three seats) City of St. Cloud City Council Chambers, 400 2nd Street S., St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, October 2: Stearns County Sheriff (two candidates) Stearns County Service Center West, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park, MN
Wednesday, October 15: St. Cloud City Council (two candidates each for Wards 1,2 and 3) City of St. Cloud City Council Chambers, 400 2nd Street S., St. Cloud, MN
Monday, October 20: Sauk Rapids City Council (four candidates for two seats) Sauk Rapids City Council Chambers, 250 Summit Avenue N., Sauk Rapids, MN
Thursday, October 23: Minnesota House District 13-A (two candidates) City of St. Joseph Fire Hall, 323 4th Avenue NE, St. Joseph, MN
Wednesday, October 29: Minnesota House Districts 14-A & 14-B (two candidates each office) City of St. Cloud City Council Chambers, 400 2nd Street S., St. Cloud, MN
A. info on polling places throughout the state
B. info on polling places in Stearns County
For information for Overseas Voters:
Who can vote?
You can vote if you are:
Most polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A few township polling places will open at 10:00 a.m. Check with your town clerk for details.
But I have to work...
Minnesota law allows you to take time off from work to vote during the morning of the state primary and state general election. The idea is to encourage people to vote early in the day.
Where do I vote?
We vote close to where we live. Your city clerk or county auditor will have a list of polling places. The phone numbers for your city clerk and county auditor are in the blue pages of your phone book.
About voter registration...
You need to be on the official list of voters before you can vote. If you are not already registered, you can add your name to the list by filling out a Voter Registration Card. When you fill out the card, you must give the address where you are living at the time of the election. If you are a student living at school, you can register either at home or at school (but not both!) depending on your residence. It is illegal to vote at a former residence because the new occupants vote there.
You can get a Voter Registration Card:,
NOTE:To download a Voter Registration Form and instructions in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish or Russian go to
You can still register on election day ...
If you miss registering before the election, you can still vote by registering on election day at your polling place.
Option 1: ID with Current Name and Address:
Someone who is registered in the precinct where you live can vouch for you at the polling place. A voter who registers by this method may not confirm the residency of another voter on the day of the same election.
If you live in a residential facility, including nursing home, battered women's shelter, homeless shelter and other licensed facility, an employee can vouch for you at the poll (if the facility has provided the county with a certified list of employees).
If you are a college student you can use:
If you need help:
You can ask for help to read or mark your ballot at the polling place. If you like, you can have a friend do it.
All polling places should be fully accessible. Accessible doors and parking spaces should be clearly marked.
If you can't easily leave your car, you can ask for the ballots to be brought out to you in your car.
If you are confined due to illness or disability, you can vote by absentee ballot. Call your county auditor or city clerk for details. See blue telephone pages for such numbers.
If you have limited vision, you may ask your county auditor for voter registration and absentee ballot instructions in large print or on cassette tape.
And if you are hearing impaired, every county and most cities will have a TDD device for questions.
Absentee voting is an option for any voter. (This reflects a change in Minnesota law effective in 2014.)
Beginning in 2014, absentee voters can apply for a ballot online at http://mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us.
Check with your county auditor or municipal clerk to find out how and where to apply in person.
For Further Information:
For further information, please call the Election Division of the Minnesota Secretary of State, (651) 296-2803 http://www.sos.state.mn.us/election; the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, (651) 224-5445; or the League's election information site: http://www.vote411.org. You may also call your County Auditor or City Clerk. See the Blue Pages in the Phone Book for this information.