What you need to know to vote early in Minnesota

There are many reasons to vote early.

“I came and voted early because I have a broken back.”

“I've got a family member who has medical issues.”

“I don't have to listen to any more of those commercials.”

At Ramsey County's election center, about 350 people a day have voted early in person. Statewide, more than a quarter of a million Minnesotans have already in person or by mail.

Each county allows Minnesotans to vote at their election headquarters up until Election Day, and many city halls have polls open as well.

“If you're not registered to vote, it's exactly like registering on election day. You need to come down with a current driver's license or state ID card. If you don't have that, you can come down with an old driver's license and a current utility bill. The environment we have is very casual. There are no lines here. You can take your time,” Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky said.

You can also request a ballot by mail, but best to do that soon.

“Even if you're not registered to vote, we will check your registration status when we get your application. If we determine you're not currently registered at your present address, we will send you both the ballot and the voter registration materials,” Mansky said.