Elections have consequences, said former President Obama, shortly after his inauguration in 2009. And although this year—2023—is considered an off-year election, there are important issues on the ballot this November, as well as candidates who are in contested races across the Twin Cities.
This week and in the weeks leading up to Election Day, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder will give readers an overview of the political races in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as local ballot initiatives. We will also provide voters with information about how their vote could impact community resources, public safety, housing, education, taxes, infrastructure, and their quality of life.
This week, the MSR takes a look at two contested Minneapolis City Council races in Ward 4 and Ward 8. The candidate forums sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters provide an opportunity for those running for elected office to express their views on various issues and define their political differences.
You can register to vote online at mnvotes.gov or at your polling site on Election Day or at early voting locations. You will need proof of residency to register to vote or update your voter registration.
In Minnesota, you can vote by mail until Tuesday, October 24; early in-person voting ends on Monday, November 6. Election day will be on Tuesday, November 7. The location of neighborhood polling sites can be found at www.pollfinder.sos.mn.gov.