Primary vote is Tuesday in Minnesota
Don’t look now, but there’s a primary election on Tuesday.
That’s right, this Tuesday.
It may not feel right, in the middle of all the summer activity in lakes country, but there is an election ‑ you may have noticed the yard signs ‑ and the candidates chosen on Tuesday will be the ones who show up on the general election ballot in November.
Locally, the big races are for Becker County auditor-treasurer and Becker County recorder.
But on the Republican side of the ticket, there is a hotly contested race for governor, and a significant choice for Republican voters on who they want on the U.S. Senate ballot against DFL incumbent Al Franken.
In a partisan primary election, you can only vote for candidates from one political party.
The front of the ballot will have a column for each major political party. You are free to choose any one political party on the ballot. Voting for candidates from more than one party voids all votes on the party portion of the ballot.
You are not required to publically declare affiliation with a party—Minnesota does not have political party registration.
No write-in votes are allowed.
On the back of the ballot, there are nonpartisan races for local and judicial candidates who are not affiliated with political parties.
Since these candidates do not have a party affiliation, you can choose any candidate in as many of the races as you like.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Detroit Lakes.
The Lutheran churches have a lock on polling sites in Detroit Lakes: Ward 1 votes at Grace Lutheran, Ward 2 at Trinity Lutheran and Ward 3 at First Lutheran.
Frazee, Lake Park, Callaway and Audubon polling sites are also open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The polling site is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Ogema and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Wolf Lake.
All polling places close at 8 p.m., but opening times range from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Most people vote at township halls or city halls, but not all. Frazee residents vote at the event center and Detroit Township residents vote at Community Alliance Church, for example.
The larger townships in the Detroit Lakes area generally open at 7 a.m., while less populated township, including many in the eastern part of the county, open at 10 a.m.
Eleven polling sites, including Ogema, are listed as the Becker County Courthouse, since those residents vote via mail-in ballot.
Check the Becker County website, under the Auditor-Treasurer Department, to see a color-coded list of polling times and places for each township.