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Letter: Get informed then vote in Aug. 12 primary elections

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, voters across Minnesota will be heading to the polls to cast votes in the primary election. In this election, voters will be choosing their candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Attorney General. In addition, Becker County voters will narrow the field for Becker County Auditor/Treasurer and Becker County Recorder. The two Becker County positions have primaries because more than two candidates filed. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election. One commonly-asked question is about the sheriff’s race — that race is part of the Nov. 4 general election.

Whether you are a college student or senior citizen, a secretary or CEO — Election Day is every registered voter’s opportunity to weigh in on the issues that matter most to you.  Our votes on Aug. 12 do matter greatly in shaping the November election as Minnesota and our community face numerous opportunities and challenges. Please consider what issues matter most to you and compare the views of the candidates before casting your ballot. Voting is the one time when we all have an equal say in standing up for the issues and priorities that matter most to us and our community.

To learn more about voting, the candidates and links to their websites, and where and when to vote, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at If you’ve recently moved, you’ll need to update your voter registration. This website can guide you on how to do that. If you’re new to Minnesota and have not registered to vote, you can still vote on Aug. 12 — again, check the website for same-day voter registration requirements.

If you want to learn more about the candidates for the two Becker County races with primaries, the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum is available on YouTube at

Voting is one of our most important obligations as citizens. Please invest some time in learning about the candidates and then cast your ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 12. — Terry Kalil, Voter Service Chair, League of Women Voters Detroit Lakes Area