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Election is Tuesday, don't forget to vote

The general election is Tuesday, and all four major school districts in Becker County have candidates on the ballot, as do most cities.

Lake Park-Audubon voters will also decide the fate of a building bond referendum.

There is a race for Becker County Board, and for Otter Tail County Board, as well as for Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Area voters will help choose three Minnesota House members, a U.S. House member and a U.S. senator, as well as judges at several levels, and of course the U.S. president and vice president.

Several townships also have their elections on Tuesday.

Polls in larger townships and cities will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

In smaller townships the polls will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the county website ( for details on your precinct.

If you're disabled in any way, the county has state-of-the-art handicapped-accessible ballot marking machines.

The election results will be posted Tuesday evening on the county's Web site and on our Web site,

Wondering where your polling place is? Go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Web site ( You can also find races and candidates listed there on the home page.

Minnesota does not officially have early voting, but if you need to vote early, you can go to the courthouse, request an absentee ballot, and vote on the spot. The courthouse will be open until 5 p.m. Monday for absentee voting.

You have to check a box saying you will be out of the precinct on election day, or check one of several other reasons for needing to vote early.

The ballots cannot be counted, or even opened, before election day.

Before you can vote for the first time, you must register. You must also update your registration if you have moved, changed your name, or have not voted in the last four years.

You can register on election day if you have a Minnesota driver's license or a Minnesota state ID or an application for either one, said Becker County Auditor-Ryan Tangen.

You can even use a utility bill if it's due within 30 days and has your name on it, or a registered voter in your precinct can vouch for you.

The election results will be posted Tuesday evening on the county's Web site at