Helmut Schmidt, Published November 06 2012
Do homework before heading out to vote
Thanks to legislative redistricting in both states since the 2010 census, many metro-area precincts have changed to reflect population shifts.
Other precincts have new polling locations.
“We gained a whole new district (District 16) right kind of right smack-dab in the middle of Fargo and West Fargo,” said DeAnn Buckhouse, election coordinator for the Cass County auditor’s office.
A portion of southwest Cass County went to district 24 (it all used to be District 22), Buckhouse said. And part of southeast corner of Cass County is now District 25, which is mostly in Richland County, she said.
Buckhouse said Cass County residents can go online to find polling sites at www.casscountynd.gov. The web site also has links to candidate lists and information on other measures on the ballot.
People without Internet access can call the Cass County auditor’s office at (701) 241-5600 for aid, Buckhouse said.
A polling site lookup is available for all North Dakotans on the secretary of state’s website at www.nd.gov/sos, which will also produce a map to your polling place from your home and other election information.
Moorhead also had many polling place changes, including sites added at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College, County Auditor Lori Johnson said.
The county mailed cards to Moorhead residents on the changes, as well as to some Barnesville area residents, Johnson said.
There are several ways to look up online where to vote in Clay County and elsewhere in Minnesota.
Clay residents can go to co.clay.mn.us and click on the links to election information. That takes you to a poll site link and to the Minnesota secretary of state’s poll finding site.
Or go directly to: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.
For more information on the election through the secretary of state’s office, go to www.mnvotes.org.
The city of Moorhead also provides an online polling site lookup at www.ci.Moorhead.mn.us. Click on the City Hall and elections links to get to the poll finder.
Other ways to make today more of an exercise in democracy and less of an exercise in patience:
- Polling places in Moorhead are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. But some rural Clay County township sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They include the townships of: Spring Prairie, Tansem, Alliance, Keene, Barnesville, Felton, Hagen, Humboldt, Moland, Morken and Skree.
- Polling places in Cass County are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Want to avoid crowds? Try going to the polling sites from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. to avoid morning, lunch and after-work lines.
- North Dakotans should have an acceptable form of identification, such as a driver’s license or a utility bill with the person’s current address, to prove residence. Or be prepared to fill out a voter affidavit.
- Minnesotans who did not pre-register to vote and need to register at the polls, should bring a photo ID, such as a driver‘s license or state ID card with a current address, or a valid student ID or a tribal ID. An out-of-date identification can be used with a utility bill or student fees statement showing a new address is also acceptable, Johnson said.
If you don’t have those, bring someone from your precinct who is eligible to vote or registered already who can vouch for you, she said.
For Clay County and Minnesota polling sites and other voting information:
Click on the City Hall and elections links to get to the poll finder.
For Cass County and North Dakota polling sites and other voter information:
Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583
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