MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Early voting for municipal elections has begun in Minnesota. Starting Friday, Minnesotans can cast their ballots.
New laws have changed parts of the voting process. Voters now have the right to paid time off to vote, this includes early voting. Another law gives voting rights to thousands of convicted felons, as long as they are not currently incarcerated.
Sixteen and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote as a part of the new voting laws.
Since it is an odd year, elections include voting for the mayor, city council and school boards.
All 13 seats in the Minneapolis City Council are up for election. St. Paul voters have a tax ballot question asking if the city should raise sales tax by a full percent. The money would be used for roads and park improvements.
Voting is open until Nov. 6. You can head to the Minnesota Secretary of State website to see if your city is having elections and where your polling place is.