Vote on Tuesday, and bring friends

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Democracy: Practice makes perfect. Find your polling place in any state at www.voteforchange.com. It's easier than even pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us for Minnesotans, and Republicans can ignore the Obama logo (though I imagine the neighbors it suggests bringing to polls are Democrats). See Mapquest for directions and Metrotransit for Minneapolis/St. Paul bus schedules and maps. If you want to vote Monday Nov. 3, use an absentee ballot in person at your county election office, which you can locate in Minnesota here. View your complete ballot in Minnesota at Startribune.com/politics (click "all of the candidates," top left), and visit the League of Women Voters Minnesota for more. Elections are Tuesday, November 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Get in line by 8:00 p.m. and you should be able to vote no matter how long it takes. In Minnesota, you can register to vote the same day as the election. To register, you have three options: 1.) Bring ID with your current address (Minnesota driver’s license, MN learner’s permit, state ID card, tribal photo ID with your signature, or notice of late registration sent to you), 2.) Bring ID with old address (any of the above ID, or a tribal ID without an address, a U.S. passport, a U.S. military ID, or a MN student ID) plus a utility bill with your current address (anything due in the past 30 days, including gas, electric, waste, water, sewer, phone, TV, internet, rent statement, or current student fee statement), or 3.) Bring a person to vouch for you, someone else registered in your precinct who can swear that you live there.

In Minnesota, ex-felons can vote. You can vote in Minnesota if you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days. Call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you have any questions about registration, voting rights, or what's happening at the polls. The line is answered in Somali, Hmong, Spanish, and English. See also the Election Protection Wiki. Hat tip to Insight News and www.voteforchange.com for the info.

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