Early voting center


Early voting starts, on the slow side

Friday was official first day to cast an early vote for August 14 primary

June 29, 2018 - 9:28 am

Friday was 46 days until Minnesota's primary elections, and folks who want to vote early can do so right now.

The first day of in-person early voting in downtown Minneapolis has drawn large crowds in the past.  

When the doors opened at 8 a.m. at the city's early-voting center in the shadow of the federal building, only three people were there to cast ballots in the primary election that takes place August 14.

Those who showed up early weren't surprised at the slow early turnout.

"Not for a primary, no," said Andrew Dickerstrom. "If it was a general election, I'd probably expect more people to be here."

Hennepin County elections and voters services director Grace Wachlarowicz said that excuse doesn't hold water.

"I'm sure that everybody is aware that it's an exciting primary," she said, noting the race for Minnesota governor and state attorney general. "There are a lot of candidates on both political parties that are vying to be the person on the general ballot."

There were a large number of poll workers, a special lane cordoned off to separate voters from folks on the sidewalk, just in case the line starts backing up.  

"I wanted to get it taken care of," said Fred Kreider. "I'm an election judge myself, and so I just wanted to get this done so on the day of the election I can focus on the duties that I need to."

Workers on Friday also mailed out more than 2,100 early ballot requests.