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Last-minute advice about election day

Have you voted yet? There's still time. Polls throughout Douglas County will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.

Here is some last-minute voting information:

--The Echo Press published a Voters Guide in the October 27 issue with in-depth candidate information for the following contested races - Alexandria City Council, Alexandria School District 206, Douglas County Board, Douglas County Attorney, Minnesota Senate District 11, Minnesota House Districts 11A and 11B, and U.S. House District 7.

The guide also includes the locations of Douglas County's 38 voting precincts, a sample ballot and a summary of the statewide offices up for election.

The guide is also available online at

--Minnesotans may also find their polling places at

In Douglas County, you may also call the auditor's office at (320) 762-3881 to find your polling place.

--AT&T and Politics-360 offer a Web site to get voting information anywhere in the country at

Those wishing to vote are required by state law to be registered.

You can check on your voter registration status at the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State web site: Click on the Elections/Voting tab click on "Am I registered to vote?" in the box under Voter Information.

--The Echo Press will have a reporter at the courthouse on election night and will provide updated information as the ballots are tabulated. Go to the newspaper website, Remember to refresh your browser often to get the latest updates.

Who is eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote, a person must:

--Be at least 18 years old on election day.

--Be a citizen of the United States.

--Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding election day.

--Maintain a residence at the address given on the registration form.

--Not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes the right to vote.

--Not found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote.

--Have the right to vote because, if convicted of a felony, the felony sentence has expired (been completed) or have been discharged from their sentence.

Registering on election day

If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day.

However, you are required to provide proof of residence when registering on Election Day.

To register at your polling place, you must have one of the following with your current name and address in the precinct to verify your residence:

--A valid Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these.

--A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials.

--A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature.

--A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address.

--A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk.

--A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath.

--An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath.

Alternatively, you may provide both 1) a photo ID from the list below and 2) a current bill with your current name and address in the precinct.

Acceptable photo IDs: Minnesota driver's license; Minnesota ID card; U.S. passport, U.S. military ID card; tribal ID card; or a Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card.

Additional information can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State website at

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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