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How to Register to Vote in Richfield

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re giving you all the information you need on how and where to register to vote.

This year's election is exactly six weeks away. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, get it off your to-do list now.

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations have mobilized to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections.

Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline.

The voter registration deadline for Minnesota is Oct. 16. Not sure if you’re registered? Check the Secretary of State’s voter information portal.

Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections:

Voter Registration

If you have recently moved, changed your name, or have not voted in the last four years, you may want to pre-register to save yourself time on Election Day.

  • By mail: Registration forms are available at most government offices and public libraries. Forms must be received by October 16th in order for the pre-registration to be effective for the November election. Forms are also available online. Mail the form to the Hennepin County Voter Registration Office at A-600 Government Center, 300 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487-0060.
  • In person: Stop by City Hall or the Hennepin County Election Office (Govt. Center, PSL Level, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis).

Registration forms are available in English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese.

Same-Day Registration

Voters may also register on Election Day. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, same-day registration requires one of the following:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
  • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature 
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address 
  • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • Both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct
Photo IDs (may be expired) Bills (delivered electronically or by mail) Minnesota Driver's License Utility bill due within 30 days of election day: Minnesota ID Card - Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.) United States Passport - TV (cable, satellite, etc.) United States Military ID Card - Internet services Tribal ID Card - Electric Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card - Gas - Solid Waste - Sewer Services - Water - Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities - Current student fee statement

Won’t be able to make it to the polls on Election Day? Check out Patch’s guide to absentee voting in Richfield.

For more information on voting in Richfield, visit the Voter Services page on the City of Richfield website.

For more information on candidates, proposed amendments and other election information, see our Richfield Election Guide.

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Pat Shane September 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
There is nothing wrong with requiring an ID to vote. HOWEVER There IS something wrong with implementing this new law 9 months before a presidential election. If voter fraud was so rampant in the last election, why didn't the GOP rush to pass this law immediately after the 2008 election? Wait until the 2016 election to impose this, that way it will give people 4 years to get their act together, and THEN you can give them the 'you have no excuse' treatment. Watch the video and sign the petition to end Voter Suppression. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TjVsQa57c
Caitlin Burgess September 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Pat, the Photo Voter ID amendment proposed in Minnesota will be voted on this November. It's not something that is currently in place here.

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