Last day for Monticello residents to vote absentee Nov. 5

Time is running out if you want to cast an absentee general election ballot within city limits. The last day Monticello residents will be able to vote absentee will be Monday, Nov. 5.
Residents may absentee vote the remainder of this week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. Citizens can also vote absentee Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at city hall.
According to Deputy Clerk Cathy Shuman, Saturday’s absentee voting will take place in the West Prairie Room.
Monticello Township Residents should contact Wright County at 763-682-3900 regarding absentee voting. City residents should call 763-295-2711 or visit www. www.ci.monticello.mn.us.
“You can’t come in and vote absentee on Election Day,” Shuman said during an Oct. 22 city council meeting. “As long as residents get absentee ballots to us by Nov. 6, they are fine. After that, we can’t accept absentee ballots.” Shuman said city staff has been working on a strategy to keep the lines as short as possible on Election Day.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  The city of Monticello polling place is the Monticello Community Center gymnasium.  Voters should park in the west parking lot and come in the door at the west end of the building. The handicapped entrance is on the south side of the building across from the Monticello Library. Doors will be open to the public even if there is construction work taking place at the community center.
In order to vote, you must be age 18 or older, be a citizen of the United States for at least three months and a resident of Minnesota for at least 30 days and be registered to vote.
If you are already a registered voter, your name should be in the polling place roster book.  If not, you have the opportunity to register on Election Day.
You will need to register to vote if you have never voted before, have not voted in the last four years or have moved or changed your address or changed your name.  To register, you need to bring verification of your residence within the city of Monticello.  Examples of verification include the following: A driver’s license or Minnesota ID card with your current address; a driver’s license or Minnesota ID card with an expired address plus a utility bill showing your name and current address. Examples of valid utility bills include electric, gas, water/sewer, garbage, telecommunications bills dated within 30 days before or after Election Day; a photo ID card plus a current student fee statement; another voter in the precinct who personally knows you and is registered in the Monticello precinct who can vouch for you in person; a tribal ID card with name, address, signature and picture and finally, “Notice of Late Registration” received from the Wright County Auditor’s Office.
“We hope to keep everything moving so the polling place lines don’t get too long,” Schuman told the council. “If you are in line by 8 p.m. you will still be able to vote.”

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